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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Jibrin Suspended From House Of Reps Over Budget Padding Scandal

Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, House of Representatives
     Nigeria’s House of Representatives has suspended Abdulmumin Jibrin, former chairman of the appropriations committee, over an alleged breach of legislators’ privileges.
The breach in question was the budget-‎padding allegations he levelled against Speaker Yakubu Dogara, four other principal officers, and other lawmakers.
The lawmaker was suspended for 180 legislative days, which is approximately one year, after the house considered the ‎recommendations of the ethics committee.
Apart from raising budget padding allegations, Jibrin had also ‎said some lawmakers were not “worthy” to belong to the house.
Femi Falana, counsel to the former appropriations chairman, had urged the speaker to suspend the probe, saying it was a contravention of Order 9 rule 5 of the house standing rules.
According to the House calendar, one legislative year comprises 181 days.
Jibrin has played the role of a self-styled whistleblower for several months in an attempt to “expose corruption” in the House of Representatives. At a point, his campaign against the House leadership appeared to be a personality contest between he and the Dogara.


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