BREAKING: HOUSE OF REPS SUSPENDS JIBRIN FOR OVER A YEAR OVER BUDGET PADDING SCANDAL

The House of Representatives on Wednesday suspended Abdulmumin Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano at the centre of the unfolding budget padding scandal, for 180 legislative days.

The House seats three days in a week and this consequently means that Mr. Jibrin’s suspension would last more than a year.

In a motion recommended by House Ethics Committee chairman, Nicholas Ossai, and adopted by the whole House, Mr. Jibrin will also not be able to hold any position of responsibility for the span of the current National Assembly.

Mr. Jibrin began stirring what experts now described as one Africa’s biggest parliamentary scandals in recent memory on July 21, a day after he was eased out as chairman of the powerful committee.

Although the House was taking a two-month recess at the time, Mr. Jibrin remained resolute in his quest to “end the massive corruption in the House.”

“My resolve to champion this cause was borne out of patriotism and desire to complement the present administration’s anti-corruption war from the legislative front,” Mr. Jibrin said in an email to PREMIUM TIMES on August 21.

Mr. Jibrin said the campaign had earned him “blackmail, propaganda and campaign of calumny” from Mr. Dogara, lawmakers loyal to him and their proxies.

The assault had been largely targeted at the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers, whose resignation and prosecution he had continued to demand.

Mr. Dogara had announced the removal of Mr. Jibrin in a speech he read in plenary on July 20, alleging budget fraud and serial betrayal of trust.

To back his allegations against Mr. Dogara, Mr. Jibrin released damning documents to the media.

On July 30, the State Security Service sealed the secretariat of the Appropriation Committee in the National Assembly after Mr. Jibrin raised the alarm that Mr. Dogara had allegedly concluded plans to cart away computers and destroy evidence.

Mr. Jibrin also visited law enforcement agencies, including the EFCC, the SSS and the police, where he said he personally submitted petitions detailing evidence of fraudulent manipulation of budget by Mr. Dogara, his deputy Yusuf Lasun, House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, and nine others.

After several days of silence, Mr. Dogara succumbed to public demands for him to defend himself and came out with blistering statements denying all the charges against him.

Mr. Dogara took specific issue with the ‘budget padding’ catchphrase, saying it was a strange term to use when describing the actions of the legislature.

He also said lawmakers could not be probed by law enforcement agencies over any infractions in the National Assembly, but later walked back this statement.

At some point, the APC moved to contain the crisis, but its gag order lasted only a weekend. Consequently, lawmakers began openly criticising Mr. Jibrin for allegedly defacing the National Assembly, dealing a major blow to his crusade.

Mr. Jibrin’s isolation became even more pronounced after 10 principal officers of the House released a statement backing Mr. Dogara and denouncing Mr. Jibrin. Amongst them was Femi Gbajabiamila, the Majority Leader who many thought would be reluctant to openly back Mr. Dogara.

The development sparked speculation that Mr. Jibrin would be suspended upon resumption of the House from recess.

The House resumed on September 20 and a lawmaker loyal to Mr. Dogara moved a motion the next day to have Mr. Jibrin probed for allegedly breaching the privileges of the members.

Emmanuel Orker-Jev, a lawmaker from Benue, proposed tough sanctions against Mr. Jibrin for the damage his allegations have allegedly wrought on the House.

“The image of the House has never been worse than this before. Hon. Jibrin was reckless and the allegations were false. He knew that the allegations were false and scandalous and he had no regards at all to whether the allegations were true or false,” Mr. Orker-Jev said.

The House subsequently assigned the matter to its Ethics and Privileges Committee for further investigation and to report back within a week with its findings and recommendations.

Mr. Ossai, chairman of the committee, convened the first hearing on the matter September 23, during which Mr. Orker-Jev submitted his allegations against Mr. Jibrin.

Mr. Jibrin received an invitation to appear before the committee on Monday. But decided to boycott the hearing, even though his demand that the sitting be thrown open to the public was met by Mr. Ossai. Mr. Jibrin also asked his lawyer, Femi Falana, to seek discontinuation of committee’s activities in court.

Mr. Ossai said Mr. Jibrin’s failure to appear before his “properly and constitutionally constituted committee” was, in effect, a defence.

Mr. Jibrin had on Tuesday alleged subjudice saying the committee should not have sat since the matter was in court.

Mr. Jibrin’s suspension would see him banned from the premises of the National Assembly in the course of the disciplinary action. He would also not receive salaries or allowances.

Some sympathisers of Mr. Jibrin saw his suspension as partisan, draconian and counterproductive.

“This show of partisanship and support for Mr. Dogara is condemnable and too severe,” said a political analyst, Gbola Oba. Mr. Oba said Mr. Jibrin had suffered the same fate as Dino Melaye who was suspended in 2010 for breach of members’ privilege. Mr. Melaye is now a senator representing Kogi West.

“We knew they would gang up against him as they did against Mr. Melaye,” Mr. Oba said. “This clearly shows that the House has failed to move beyond its counterproductive ways of suspending anyone who challenges the status quo.

“If the House were a serious body, serious attention would be given to Mr. Jibrin’s claim so as to foster a thriving democratic experiment within the country.”

Source: PREMIUM TIMES.

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JIBRIN LAMBASTS DOGARA OVER MUFFLERS!

If you succeed in blackmailing your colleagues, you cannot blackmail Nigerians. Let’s not take the patience of Nigerians for granted.
 
When Francis Fukuyama wrote the book The End of History and the Last Man in 1992, he was not saying the world has come to an end but simply indicating the emergence of the last and final world order. What happened yesterday on the floor of the House was just the end of another beginning. The emergence of a struggle to establish a new order in the House of Representatives that will expose and deal with all forms of corruption both systemic and individual.
 
Mr Speaker, this struggle is like the rising sun, it is unstoppable. There is nothing you can do on earth to stop it. No amount of lobbying, legislative antics or blackmail of members of the House, Senate, Executive arm or individuals outside the House can help you and your cabal of few corrupt members. The day of reckoning is so close.
 
We all know you blackmailed members to get support and wear mufflers in a show of shame to celebrate you due to the abundance of systemic corruption (which people like you instituted) in the House that makes many members vulnerable and dependent. To you it was a “smart” move. You just want the entire House to go down with you because you know I will pull the trigger. It is gladdening that some courageous members defied your blackmail and rose to the occasion. History will be kind to them.
 
History will remember you as the Speaker who brought down and endanger the reputation of the House through budget fraud and monumental corruption. The House must embrace reforms. It is a reform you have lost the moral ground to superintend. How on earth a person like you who committed the biggest budget fraud in the history of the House will supervise budget reforms? It is time you woke up from your dream and embrace reality. The time has come, Whether you like it or not, justice will be served on you, Lasun, Doguwa and Ogor.
 
God bless Nigeria. Yours in service to the nation,
 
Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin PhD MBA.
Kiru-Bebeji Federal Constituency.

Budget Padding: Commotion in House of Reps as members settle for probing Abdulmumin Jibrin

The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to conduct an investigation into the allegations of tampering with the 2016 budget by some of its members.

This followed a point of order brought under Matters of Privilege by the Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Emmanuel Oker-Jev.

It would be recalled that former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano), accused the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, and some principal officers of padding the 2016 budget.

Jibrin also demanded that Dogara should resign to allow investigations to be conducted into the matter.

Moving the point of order, Oker-Jev called for the suspension of Jibrin, describing his allegations as “sundry act of misconduct” against the members and institution of the House of Representatives.

According to him, Jibrin embarked on campaign of calumny and denigration by making publications in the media and internet against the entire membership of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly as an institution.

Oker-Jev said:

“Jibrin’s comments were contemptuous of the House of Representatives and a breach of collective privileges of the members of the house.”

However, efforts to oppose the point of order by Ali Madaki (APC-Kano) failed. Madaki said that it would be a honourable thing for the accused persons to resign in order to allow for proper investigation into the matter.

Reacting, Dogara said that since all the members of the House were accused, Madaki should be the first to resign.

The matter was referred to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges for proper investigation and to report back in one week.

But this was not before the House witnessed a commotion following the decision of Dogara to recognise Oker-Jev to speak ahead of Madaki. It took several minutes for order to be restored in the House.

Source: The Eagle Online.

Budget Padding: Commotion as Reps Members ‘Fight’ in National Assembly

The cat was let out of the bag on Wednesday, September 21, when the Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Emmanuel Orker-jev, moved a motion on breach of his privilege and that of the House by the embattled sacked Chairman, House committee on Appropriations Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

According to ‎Orker-jev‎, Honourable Jibrin, having dragged the name of principal members of the House in disrupt by going to the media and discussing issues of the House without due approval, Jibrin should be duly suspended.

In reaction, ‎members of the Transparency Group started shouting “No, no, no,”‎ as this was countered by pro-Dogara‎ group who shouted “Dogara, Dogara, Dogara,”‎ ‎with a green scarves with the inscription “I stand with Dogara distributed to members of the House.

‎In a bid to calm nerves, the issue was referred to the House Committee on Privileges and Ethics for onward consideration and discipline.

Meanwhile, in the Red Chambers, the major debate for the day was on the economic challenges and possible solutions.

The motion which was moved by Senate Leader, Ali Ndume representing Borno ‎South, attracted wide range of opinions as members reeled out possible solutions to the current economic quagmire.

Chief amongst such is the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu representing Enugu East and Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West.

According to Ekweremadu, “The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma and the Minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, should be reshuffled and moved to other Ministries were their inputs can be felt.

Senator Melaye on the other hand, called for a complete sack of the duo, nothing that their incompetence has contributed to the present state of the nation’s economy.

He said, “Hunger and poverty have no political party or religion”, thereby calling on all members irrespective of political affiliation to put their hands on deck to resolve the crisis.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari should place total ban on the importation of Rice, refined Surgar, Milk, Groundnut, Cashew, Clothing/Textile/ Shoes, body cream, perfume, frozen fish, meat etc in a bid to boost local production.

Melaye, further lamented that the CBN was operating without a board and this is also creating a clog in the wheel of progress.

Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central said, “Federal Allocation to states from Abuja, is part of the problem.”

He, however, kicked against the sack of ministers as according to him, such will not address the problem.

Senator Samuel Anyanwu, representing Imo East called for a critical roundtable discussion and an immediate paradigm shift of President Buhari’s body language which according to him is deterring investors from coming into the country.

Senator George Akume, representing Benue North West, in his own part, kicked against the sale of national assets, nothing that those calling for the sale of these assets, have the means of buying them, even as he said that the blame game cannot stop.

Earlier

The House of Representatives is currently engulfed in a rowdy session, over a motion, seeking to suspend the Sacked Chairman, House of Representatives committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

During plenary on Wednesday, September 21, Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, recognised Emmanuel Oker-Jev, Chairman Rules and Business, to move the motion, seeking Jibrin’s suspension.

The motion was then adopted and referred to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, for further deliberation.

At this point, members began shouting “Dogara, Dogara”.

Meanwhile, pro-Dogara protesters also stormed the National Assembly complex, in the early hours of Wednesday, demanding the immediate suspension of Jibrin.

Source: Post Nigeria.

UPDATE ON ABDULMUMIN JIBRIN’S N5 BILLION LAWSUIT AGAINST CUPS

Abuja – The N5 billion lawsuit filed by Abdulmumin Jibrin against the CUPS organisation for publishing stories about the budget padding had its first hearing today at the FCT High Court 36, Apo, Abuja.

Neither Abdulmumin Jibrin nor his senior lawyers attended the hearing. However, Mr Jibrin did send a representation made of 3 young lawyers. On his part, Dr Ahmed was represented by Barrister Anthony Agbonlahor (SAN) and six other lawyers.

The case began with Mr. Jibrin’s female lawyer praying to the Court for the case to be suspended, pending on when the court documents are officially served on Dr. Idris Ahmed in the UK.

Barrister Agbonlahor (SAN), however, objected to the claimant’s application. He pointed out to the Court that it is shear theatrics for the claimant to want to delay the case purely on the basis of wanting more time to serve the court documents to Dr. Ahmed. He averred that the claimant had more than 3 months to serve the Court documents but failed to do so, why now?

Furthermore, he said that Dr. Ahmed had already made private arrangement and secured the Court documents directly from the Court, completely avoiding the claimant’s involvement. Therefore there was no need to delay proceedings purely on the basis of serving Court documents to Dr. Ahmed.

On the issue of when would the full trial commence, Barrister Agbonlahor prayed to the Court to grant him time to study the claim documents, prepare full defence, and file counter claim against the claimant. The Judge granted this request and adjourned the case to 1st of November 2016.

Report filed by http://www.cupstv.com.

JIBRIN OWNS £1.558 MILLION IN UK BANK, NYCN ALLEGES

The National Youth Council of Nigeria on Sunday said it had traced £1.558m (N825m) to a United Kingdom account allegedly owned by the embattled former chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

The Head of the Anti-corruption unit of the NYCN, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, said this in an e-mail he sent to The PUNCH in Abuja.

When contacted on the telephone, Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere, who identified himself as the President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, said, “The statement came from our anti-corruption unit.  Like you can see from the documents attached, we received the information from a reliable source in the UK.”

Okonkwo said the operation of the accounts contravened existing Nigerian laws on the conduct of elected and appointed public officers.

The group said documents it obtained from the UK revealed that Jibrin allegedly “owns and operates the said account domiciled in ING Bank Channels Island, United Kingdom.”

It said,

“The bank is located at Forum House, Grenville Street, St-Heller, Jersey JE2 4UF, Channels Island United Kingdom.

“Jibrin opened the account with his address at 453 Crank brook Road, Ilford Essex IG2 6EW.

“Details of the account statement obtained by some lawyers in the UK show that Jibrin has a total £1.558m (approximately N825m) in the account between June 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016.”

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The group claimed that Jibrin withdrew the sum of £623.44 pounds within the one month period bringing the balance in the account to £1.376, 193.84 British pounds.

“Jibrin’s ownership of foreign account contravenes the provisions of the 1999 Constitution which bars public officers from owning and operating foreign account,” the group added.

Paragraph 3, Part one of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, states:

“The President, Vice-President … members of the National Assembly and Houses of Assembly of states and such other public officers or persons shall not maintain or operate a bank account in any country outside Nigeria.”

Paragraph 18 of same Schedule provides to the effect that where the Code of Conduct Tribunal finds a public officer guilty of contravention of any provision of the code of conduct the punishments to be imposed include vacation of office or seat; disqualification from membership of a legislative house; seizure or forfeiture of assets or property being proceeds of such corruption; and prosecution in addition to the above sanctions; where the conduct constitutes a crime.

Attempts to get a reaction from Jibrin were unsuccessful. He neither picked nor returned any of the calls put through to him.

A response to a text message sent to him was still being awaited as of 7:05 when this report was filed.

However, at about the same time, Jibrin twitted: “When I heard Speaker Dogara wants to suspend me I laugh” on his twitter handle @AbdulAbmj.

Source: The PUNCH.

£1.558 MILLION FOUND IN JIBRIN’S FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNT

There are strong indications that the embattled former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, owns and operates a foreign account in contravention of relevant Nigerian laws.

Documents obtained and released by the Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere-led National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, a lawyer, indicates that Jibrin owns and operates foreign account with ING Bank Channels Island, United Kingdom.

The bank is located at Forum House, Grenville Street, St-Heller, Jerssy JE2 4UF, Channels Island United Kingdom. Jibrin opened the account with his address at 453 Crankbrook Road, Ilford Essex IG2 6EW. Details of the account statement obtained by some lawyers in the UK show that Jibrin has a total £1.558 million (N825 million equivalent) in the account between June 1 2016 to June 30 2016.

Jibrin however, withdrew the sum of £623.44 pounds within the one month period bringing the balance in the account to £1.376,193.84. Jibrin’s ownership of the foreign account contravenes the provisions of the 1999 Constitution which bars public officers from owning and operating foreign accounts.

Paragraph 3, Part one of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of Nigeria 1999, provides:

“The President, Vice President, members of the National Assembly and Houses of Assembly of states and such other public officers or persons as the National Assembly may by law prescribes; shall not maintain or operate a bank account in any country outside Nigeria.”

Paragraph 18 of same Schedule provides to the effect that where the Code of Conduct Tribunal finds a public officer guilty of contravention of any provision of the code of conduct, the punishments to be imposed include: vacation of office or seat, disqualification from membership of a legislative house, Seizure of forfeiture of assets or property being proceeds of such corruption, prosecution in addition to the above sanctions where the conduct constitutes a crime.

Source: New Telegraph.