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Jibrin exposes 50 lawmakers who took illegal allowances

07 October 2016, 13:08

Abuja -  Suspended lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Thursday said he had made good his threat to submit to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, names of 50 members of the House of Representatives who allegedly took illegal allowances, Premium Times reports.

Jibrin said he demanded a thorough investigation of the individuals as well as their prosecution.

It followed the expiration of a three-day ultimatum Jibrin gave lawmakers to return their illegal allowances through the Clerk of the National Assembly.

Although Jibrin said he delivered a petition against 50 lawmakers, his statement contained only 12 names.

Familiar names on the list included Speaker Yakubu Dogara; his deputy, Yusuf Lasun; House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; Herman Hembe, chairman of House Committee on FCT and a Kaduna lawmaker, Adams Jagaba.

The list included six members whose names did not feature in previous statements.

They are, Timothy Golu, Yunusa Abubakar, Mukaila Kazzim, Lynda Ikpeazu, Abdulrazak Namdas, and Nicholas Osai.

Jibrin’s statement also left out the amount each lawmaker allegedly claimed in illegal allowances.

He earlier called on the Ministry of Finance to put an end to the payment of running costs to lawmakers according to News24.

He said, “I am demanding the Minister of Finance, Accountant General of the Federation, Attorney General of the Federation and Clerk of National Assembly in exercising my right as a citizen of Nigeria to stop with immediate effect further payments of running cost allowances to Members of the House of Representatives because as an insider, I know that most of such money have been and are diverted into private pockets.”

Jibrin said the corruption in the House of Representatives was the reason behind former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke failing to appear before the seventh Assembly.

- News 24


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