The House of Representatives has suspended member, Abdulmumin Jibrin and relieved him of any responsibility in the House for a solid 180 days.
The former Appropriation Committee Chairman has also been instructed to produce a letter of apology to the House. Jibrin, who unveiled budget padding allegations against house members including the speaker, gets his punishment from confirmed allegations on breach of ethics and privileges by the house’s Ethics Committee.
Jibrin has responded to the suspension by stating:
“It is a non-issue and complete nonsense and it is not going to stand anywhere in the world. 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.
“What is very important also is that now they have done their worst, they have suspended me, what has it changed? Has it changed the fact that the speaker conspired with other principal officers to divert N40 billion out of N100 billion meant for constituency projects.”