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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Budget Padding: Jibrin says he is ready to go to jail over budget padding saga

Former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has said he was ready to go to jail if the corruption allegations he raised against Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three others were found to be false.

Jibrin has continued to urge his colleagues to push for the impeachment of Dogara.

Speaking at the weekend, Jibrin told journalists in Abuja that he stood by his allegations.

He said his press conference was to show evidence of all the allegations, adding that he was ready to go to any length to prove them.

The lawmaker, who is billed to appear before the ethics and privileges committee of the House today, said he would not be available for the committee’s proceedings because he had no confidence in the panel.

“As in several instances in the past, I am compelled to share these documents with the press today as a last resort because Speaker Dogara has continued to deny me the opportunity to present my case before my colleagues.

“I must confess that I am not an angel. I am imperfect and fallible, which are peculiar human traits. I therefore wish to apologise to Nigerians where I have erred in the past.

“I have fully repented and I will make it up for the country by staying on course, taking the personal risk at ensuring that I continue to expose corruption and corrupt persons in the House and beyond.

“This does not mean in any way that I am asking for immunity against investigation and prosecution if allegations are brought against me. I am ready to go to jail if found guilty of any offense. I have stated repeatedly that in the five years that I have been in the House, I have never abused my office nor corruptly enriched myself,” he said.

“I will urge the senate to rely on the doctrine of necessity to continue to discharge the duties of the National Assembly until such a time that the House of Representatives would have concluded the process of internal cleansing,” he added.

Source: Daily Post.

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.

THIS IS WHY HON. ABDULMUMIN JIBRIN SUED DR IDRIS AHMED OF CUPS AT HIGH COURT FOR N5 BILLION DAMAGES!

Can you imagine the flamboyant Lawmaker representing the poor people of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State has sued Dr. Ahmed Idris of CUPS for a N5Billion damages! This was as a result of the citizens anti corruption battled which the Nigerian masses via coalition of Civil Society Organizations championed by Citizens United for Peace and Stability (CUPS) led against the National Assembly known as ‪#‎OccupyNass‬.

In the build up to the anti corruption, anti impunity protest, Nigerians utilized the best and most power democratic tool, the social media to mobilized and vented their frustrations against the list of individuals at the National Assembly that are involved in the act of corruption and impunity known as “budget padding”.

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The budget padding saga resulted to delay which has impacted negatively on the lives of Nigerians. But because it was the most revealing moment to Nigerians on how the crooks among our Lawmakers have been siphoning the taxpayers money, Nigerians fully sacrificed their patience and overlooked the unnecessary delay in the implementation of the 2016 Annual National Budget. One of the most shocking and mind boggling revelations was how Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin, the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee sneaked in a fictious projects worth N4.169 billion to his constituency.

If only he succeeded, such money will be siphoned and shared among all parties involved. It was confirmed by the Executive Arm of Government and we are asking if this is not a punishable offense? Another Committee that committed similar atrocities, is the Works Committee that sneaked in 80 Road Projects and each project worth over N500 million. Multiply N500 million and help yourself with the figure that was meant to be stolen through our Lawmakers.

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For God sake, how many times these Lawmakers together with the Senators alongside their collaborators from the Ministries have successfully carried out such gigantic stealing without the knowledge of poor citizens, or with the knowledge of their fellow politicians from other arms of Government? This recent Administration of PM ambushed the crooks and nailed them appropriately. This is one of the outstanding achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari that deserves people commendation.

It was at that explosive moments of the thieving revelations that citizens via social media platforms exercised their rights of expression and freedom of association, we all rained condemnation and expressed reasonable quantum of emotional outburst as a result of the such monumental stealing. This was because, these individuals particularly, Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin that was caught red handed was never reprimanded nor charge to court. What a nation?

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The supposedly culprit that appeared to be a high class citizen, more superior than millions of Nigerians, simply because he is a politician and a serving Member of the National Assembly. He had now summoned courage to single out one person, Dr. Ahmed Idris, out of thousands of Nigerians that vented their frustrations against his act of stealing via his office and sued him.

The step taken by the Lawmaker to institute a legal case against Dr. Ahmed Idris was not his single decision. It may be recalled that the few corrupt elements as members of the National Assembly made strenuous effort to induce the Assembly to enact laws that will regulate the power of social media which is serving as the only threat to the thieving Politicians and their cronies in public offices. Such several attempts failed because it negates the Constitutional rights enshrined to to favor citizens in terms of freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association. From all indication, the crooks in National Assembly have not relent, they are behind the idea of using one of them to pin down one of the citizens that have always remain the voice of the poor voiceless citizens. The tactics is that, if Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin will buy himself a judgment, such verdict will open up a door for the crooks to tender it before National Assembly by way of presenting it as a judgment evident enough to establish an abuse of social media and this will be instrumental to reasons that will premise the enactment of the law that will reduce the power of social media. This is where they are coming from and we have seen where they are going to! Hon. To the crooks that are scheming for this, hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin is the bait, Dr. Idris Ahmed is the piece of meat on the bait and our Freedom of Expression and Association is their target.

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It requires a “successful” political conman that was capable of sneaking in N4.196 billion into a National Budget to play such a script. His success was never an issue to anyone not until, he decided to use the proceeds of his sharp practices as a typical over ambitious Nigerian politician, whose companies never pay tax and yet has the courage to use his ill gotten wealth to intimidate fellow citizen. This is to say, such a politician is capable of evading tax and is capable of cutting corners in all contracts executed in his private companies. This is evident from his flamboyant and extravagant lifestyle. This is why some individuals have advised that the authorities to pay attention by way of carrying out sort of forensic findings in the actives of the likes of Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin whom responsibilities in the National Assembly has been too lucrative under his oversight (fantastically corrupt) functions as the Chairman and member of the following Committees:

– Federal Ministry of Finance and its Parastatals, Federal Revenue, Preparation of Revenue framework/Estimate for the Federal budgets, Sovereign Wealth Fund – SWIA, Tax Matters, Fiscal matters, Government investment in banks and Statutory Corporations and Agencies, Insurance and Insurance of Government properties and assets amongst others.

Through deals upon deals, the Lawmaker carved himself a plaque of expensive lifestyle which can be seen from the photos of his elitist wedding against the true living condition of the poor citizens of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency that has no single project that worth N40 million. But, his wedding events and gifts items alone has consumed over N200 million and his personal house where he had planned to keep his most expensive bride worth close to a billion Naira.

This is an eye opener to the Nigerian citizens on how individuals that have no single record or passion in given people true representation to their people always smuggled into politics just for the milk and honey. They get away with billions and lesve the poor citizens wallowing in abject poverty while they go about lavishing it on personal lifestyle.

THIS IS NOT HEALTHY FOR OUR DEMOCRACY, IT IS A PLOY AGAINST OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AND IMPUNITY WITHIN POLITICAL AND PUBLIC CIRCLE. AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL.

Source: Elombah

JIBRIN CONFESSES TO RECEIVING N650 MILLION AS PART OF N10 BILLION ILLEGAL “RUNNING COSTS” ALLOWANCE

For the first time since he began a self-appointed campaign to fight corruption in the legislative arm of government, Abdulmumin Jibrin, the sacked Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, has confessed to being a beneficiary of questionable office running costs allowance.

Mr. Jibrin had on Friday revealed how Speaker Yakubu Dogara and nine other Principal Officers of the House allegedly received N10billion in illegal allowances under the guise of running costs for their various offices.

According to the Kano lawmaker, Mr. Dogara allegedly got the largest share of N1.5billion followed closely by Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa; Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; Deputy Majority Leader, Buba Jibril; who he alleged, received N1.2billion each.

Others are Deputy Speaker, Yussuf Lasun, N800million; Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema, N800million; Deputy Chief Whip, Pally Iriase, N700million; Minority Whip, Yakubu Barde, N700million and his deputy, Binta Bello, N700million.

Mr. Jibrin, however, said he regretted accepting his own share of N650million, adding that he would explain how he spent his own share.

“I have records and account of how I spent every penny that I have taken. In fact, it has been published in a 150-page book”, Mr. Jibrin said. “However, I have never been comfortable with the money! Thank God the wasteful allowances regime has reached its Waterloo! The country and House will be better off!”

Mr. Jibrin, who represents Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State in the House of Representatives, was removed as Chairman of the Appropriation Committee on July 20, 2016 by Mr. Dogara. But the embattled lawmaker denied he was sacked, saying he resigned instead.

Source: Information Nigeria