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The former Chairman of the
House of Representatives
Committee on Appropriations,
Abdulmumin Jibrin, has got his
back against the ropes with the
prospect of a six-month jail term,
suspension or a fine of N200000
following probe into his conduct.


After the damning allegations by
the lawmaker against the
leadership of the House,
particularly Speaker Yakubu
Dogara, the Committee on Ethics
and Privileges on Friday opened a
hearing into his actions deemed
as a deliberate attempt to
besmirch the House.

Sponsor of the motion, Emmanuel
Orker-Jev, said the hearing was a
call to duty after Jibrin’s
utterances maligned and ridiculed
the House, as well as vilifying
them in the eyes of the
public, Punch writes.

Describing Jibrin’s utterances as
an attack on the ‘integrity of the
House as an institution,’ Orker-Jev
noted that the Kano State-born
lawmaker had breached the
privileges of the House of
Representatives and provisions of
the National Assembly Legislative
Houses (powers and privileges)
Act.

He made reference to Jibrin’s
quote in the media: “As it stands
today, these corrupt elements have
infected the House, making the
institution a hub of systemic
corruption.

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“I repeat, there is massive individual
and systemic corruption in the
House of Representatives. And all
Nigerians have a responsibility to
avail themselves of this rare
opportunity to flush out corruption
in the House.”

To further buttress his point, the
Benue State-born lawmaker cited
the case of former member,
Patrick Ogbahiagbon who he
explained was pardoned by his
colleagues after he apologised for
his disparaging remarks as
precedence.

Chairman of the Ethics
Committee, Ossai Ossai, promised
a fair hearing to all parties,
although Hon Jibrin has
maintained he would only appear
before the committee if civil
society organisations, labour
unions, student groups and
members of the public are
allowed to observe proceedings.

Meanwhile, human rights activist,
Femi Falana (SAN), has
demanded the immediate
suspension of the ongoing probe
against his client, Jibrin, stating in
a letter dated September 23, 2016,
that it contradicts the standing
orders of the House.

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