Contrary to claims by former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin that he was invited to shed light on his petition, indications emerged yesterday that he was also interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over several petitions brought against him.
LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that Jibrin was invited by the anti-graft agency to answer questions over allegations of money laundering, fraudulent diversion of contracts in his Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency and other sundry petitions against him.
This is just as Jibrin has dragged the leadership of the House and the Nigerian Police before the Federal High Court, in what some of his colleagues described as an action borne out of fear that he might be suspended from the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
Sources in the commission said the EFCC may soon arraign Jibrin before a court over charges of fraud, corruption, diversion of public funds, money laudering, among others.
It was learnt that the anti-graft agency might have resurrected the money laundering case against Jibrin which was dropped in 2012 in a rather controversial circumstances.
Jibrin was arraigned along with former Nasarawa state Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma over N15 billion money laundering allegations.
His involvement in the case had to do with over N2 billion allegedly laundered through his company Green Forest Investment Limited when Doma was Nasarawa state governor.
Jibrin, according to sources close to him, is having sleepless nights since his appearance before investigative panels of the Nigeria Police Force and the EFCC because “the picture is now clear to him that the hunter is being hunted by his past deeds.
“Upon receiving signals that he (Jibrin) may soon be charged to court by the EFCC, he rushed to court on Thursday August 10, 2016 seeking injunction restraining the Police and other anti-graft agencies from arresting or charging him to court”, one of the sources said.
Jibrin Drags Dogara, Others To Court
Meanwhile, Jibrin has dragged leadership of the House and the Nigerian Police before the Federal High Court over fear that he might be suspended from the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
He is seeking the court to enforce his fundamental human rights.
In a motion exparte, the Lawmaker representing Kiru-Bebeji federal constituency is among other prayers seeking an order of the court stopping the House from suspending him pending the determination of the substantive suit.
According to the court process, Abdulmumini is also seeking an interim injunction restraining the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the Nigerian Police, the Federal Capital Territory Police Commissioner, Deputy Speaker Suleiman Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Hon. Leo Ogor from reconvening the House with the intention to suspend him.
The Lawmaker is also praying the court to grant an order of substituted service on the defendants.
Abdulmumini in the motion exparte, with reference No FHC/ABJ/CS/539, listed the Nigerian Police, the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Alkali Usman, Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubarkar Malami as respondents respectively.
He seeking for the following: “An order of interim injunction of the honorable court, restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th respondents, either by themselves, their agents, privies, assigns or servants or however described from taking any action, decision, or taking any steps arising or connected to the subject matter or claim of the applicant before the honorable court, pending the service and determination of the Motion on Notice.”
“An order of the court, directing the respondents, by themselves their agents, privies, assigns or servants or however described to maintain status quo ante in relation to the subject matter, or claim of the Applicant before the Honorable Court pending before the Honorable Court pending the final determination of the Motion of Notice.”
Also in a writ of summons with reference No FHC/ABJ/CS/595, the plaintiff (Jibrin) listed the House of Representatives, Clerk of the House, Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Chief Whip, Doguwa, Hon. Herman Hembe, Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, Hon. Chike Okafor, Hon. Dan Asuquo, Hon. Jaga Adams, Hon. Haliru Jika and Uzoma Abonta as defendants respectively.
Abdulmumini in his supporting affidavits stated that if the respondents/defendants are not immediately restrained, he would be suspended as a member of the House and this will greatly prejudice him and thousands of his constituents who rely on him to afford them their due representations in the Federal legislature.
The former committee chairman also noted that he was aware that the defendants held meetings where they agreed to urgently reconvene the House which is presently on recess with a desperate agenda to suspend him as a member of the House.
Abdumumini’s request is however in sharp contrast to his previous agitations that the House be reconvened to address the allegations he raised against the Speaker and 13 others
Come Explain To Us, Constituents Tell Speaker
Meanwhile, a concerned group, Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Concerned Citizens, has task the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Hon Yakubu Dogara, to come back home to explain his involvement in the budget padding saga currently rocking the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
The interim chairman of the group, Dr. Isa Dot, said as their representative in the House, the group wants Dogara to urgently come back home and address the entire members of his constituency on this unfortunate development.
Addressing newsmen at the end of a town hall meeting of group on Friday, Dr. Isah Dot explained that “It is clear that recent development at the House of Representatives has been a cause of great concern to every patriotic citizen of this country as a whole, Bauchi State and indeed this constituency in particular”.
Dot, who is the chairman APC Elders Committee in Dass LGA observed that in view of the allegation and counter-allegations coming out of the House of Representatives, both Dogara and Jibrin should step aside to allow for proper investigation into the matter with a view to clearing their names in the saga.
Dot stated that the concerned citizens in the federal constituency were moved to take the possible step considering the fact that the involvement of their representative in the National Assembly if substantiated tarnish the good image of Bauchi State and the constituency would be tarnished.
I Don’t Collect pension as Ex-Governor- Senator Gaya
Meanwhile, The senator representing Kano South Senatorial District of Kano State, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC) has said it was time that democratic tenets are elaborately made known to the electorates to know what their leaders do in representing them. The senator said that the nagging issue of double remuneration for elected federal lawmakers is one of such.
Senator Gaya in a press statement said at this time that the country is experiencing economic downturn, the generalisation that all former governors elected as senators in the 8th senate are living in affluence by drawing double salaries while majority of Nigerians live in penury was not true.
He made it clear that much as it was lawful for former elected governors to be paid life pension, it is not true that all former governors in the senate enjoy this largesse.
Gaya said, “The Kano State Pension Rights of Governor and Deputy-governor Law, provides for 100 percent of annual basic salaries for former governor and deputy. But said it was no true that he is being doubly remunerated as it is being speculated.”
He further explained that the state law also provides for governor free medical treatment along with his immediate families within and outside Nigeria where necessary as well as two drivers for former governor and driver for his deputy, a personal staff below the rank of a principal administrative officer as well as a 30-day vacation within and outside Nigeria.
However, the senator challenged anybody with proof that has been enjoying this to come forward.