BUDGET PADDING: Jibrin heads to court


The suspended former Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Appropriation Committee, Abdumumin Jibrin says he will not apologize to the house, because he does not commit any offence.

Instead, Jibrin who accused the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other house principal officers of padding the 2016 budget, opted to challenge his suspension in court.

Members had suspended him from the house plenary for 180 days and banned him from holding any position in the eighth House of Representatives, he was also banned from holding any position of responsibility in the House for the rest of the 8th National Assembly.

In his reaction to the development, Jibrin said the entire process leading to his suspension was flawed and as far as he was concerned, “it is a non-issue and complete nonsense and it is not going to stand anywhere in the world.

Jibrin said he had instructed a Senior Advocate, Femi Falana, to file a contempt of court charges against the house since the matter was in court.

He said:

“As you are aware, the matter is a subject of litigation, I have instructed my lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, to file charges of contempt against Speaker Dogara and of course the House of Representatives and I’m sure the matter will move over to the judiciary and decision will be taken. I’m pretty sure it will be in my favour.”

Falana, who berated  Dogara over the suspension of  Jibrin, said the suspension would not stand the test of time.

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