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Jibrin turns down Reps' invitation

09 December 2016, 12:29

Abuja - Abdulmumin Jibrin said on Thursday that he will not honour the invitation to appear before the House of Representatives’ Ethics Committee until he receives a formal invitation to that effect from the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Premium Times reports.

Jibrin said he had already defended all allegations of corruption against the speaker, and dismissed the fresh attempts by Ethics Committee to investigate him for corruption and official misconduct as a charade.

Nicholas Ossai, chairman of the committee, told the House during plenary on Wednesday that he was in possession of new allegations against Jibrin from his constituencies and a civic group.

Since Jibrin is already serving a one-year suspension for alleged breach of House’s ethics and privileges of members, Ossai said it was necessary to get the approval of the whole House to enable Mr. Jibrin enter the premises of the National Assembly.

Jibrin was declared a persona non-grata around the National Assembly precinct as part of the disciplinary actions lawmakers ordered against him when they decided to suspend him in September.

The offences largely stemmed from the allegations of budget padding that Jibrin raised against Mr. Dogara and other principal officers of the House.

Ossai invited Jibrin to face his committee after receiving a petition linking Jibrin to ownership of foreign accounts and another one from people of his Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency who alleged “poor representation” against him.

Aliyu Madaki, a fellow Kano lawmaker and Mr. Jibrin’s ally, sought to step down the invitation, saying any investigation of Jibrin while he is still serving his suspension would amount to double jeopardy. But his request was rejected by the whole House.

But in an e-mail, Jibrin said he would an issue official response to the invitation upon receipt of same from Dogara’s office.

The lawmaker had previously refused to show up at the ethics and privileges committee of the House for investigating his allegations of 2016 budget padding against the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers according to News24.

The House had asked the ethics committee to look into the matter that had allegedly caused the members a major embarrassment.

- News 24

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