The House of Representatives said abuse of office led to the removal of Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin as Chairman, Committee on Appropriation.
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Speaking on Tuesday to newsmen in Abuja on the crisis rocking the House, Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas said it would investigate the budget-padding allegations Hon. Jubrin levelled against the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers, Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yusuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.
Nevertheless, Hon. Namdas accused Hon. Jibrin of fraudulent practice, blackmail and desperation while he headed the juicy committee.
Said he, “One clear example is the insertion of funds for the so-called Muhammadu Buhari Film Village in his constituency in Kano State without the consent or solicitation of Mr. President. This has brought both Mr. President and the government to disrepute.
“Again, it was found out that he was fond of inserting projects into prominent persons’ constituencies without their knowledge to curry favour and possibly use it as a means of blackmail against them when necessary.
“One of such is the numerous projects he claimed in an interview in April 2016, to have sited in Mr. President’s home town of Daura, Katsina State, without Mr. President’s solicitation or knowledge, in a desperate attempt to blackmail Mr. President as an answer and justification for allocation of N4.1bn to his constituency.
“He did not stop there. Abdulmumin (Jibrin) went about soliciting members to nominate projects for him to help them include in the budget. When called upon to defend his actions as appropriation’s chairman, all he did was to be calling names of those members and the amount he helped included for them in the budget in an unsuccessful bid to silence them.
“To attempt to drag the name of Mr. President, honourable members and others to his new low through sundry acts of blackmail was one of the matters the House leadership found off limits and totally unacceptable.”
Hon. Namdas did not stop there, “Jibrin abused his office between 2011 and 2015 when he was the Chairman, Committee on Finance.
“He was alleged to have aided the use of front companies that collected funds without executing most of the projects.
“The projects have been compiled and will be referred to the anti-graft agencies to establish why the projects were fully paid for and not executed. Who collected the funds and why has Jibrin not raised the alarm about the non-execution of the projects even now?”