Budget Padding Crisis: Reps Slam Suspension on Jibrin

The House of Representatives on Wednesday slammed a 108 legislative days suspension on its former chairman of appropriation committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, for what it called breaching the privileges of the 360 members of the House.

The suspension followed the adoption of the report of the committee on ethics and privileges.

Daily Trust reports that the six months suspension would be for a first instance. The House said Jibrin must tender a formal written apology to it within the suspension period.

The House also resolved barred Jibrin from holding any responsibility in the Green Chamber throughout the lifespan of the 8th Assembly.

Jibrin had following his removal as appropriation committee chairman on July 20 raised several corruption allegations against Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three other principal officers, which he alleged they perpetrated in the 2016 budget.

The House had last Wednesday mandated its ethics and privileges committee to probe the matter and report back in one week.

More to come.



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