Dogara, Lasun paid millions for guest houses – Jibrin ...It’s all lies – Speaker
The former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has accused Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his deputy, Yussuf Suleimon Lasun, of paying millions of naira in the name of guest houses and official residence.
Jibrin in his latest allegations against Dogara and Lasun said both had been perpetrating fraud since their emergence as leaders of the House on June 9, 2015.
“Mr Speaker and Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun diverted millions of naira all in the name of paying for guest houses and official residence. The issue became so messy that the Deputy Speaker openly accused Hon Herma Hembe of short changing them of millions of naira in the deal to the shock of many Hon Members.
“Speaker Yakubu Dogara frequently abuse his office amounting to conflict of interest by soliciting for inappropriate favours from agencies and Multinational companies. He forced an agency to grant loans and a construction company blackmailed to do some work at his Asokoro ‘plot’
“Speaker Yakubu Dogara has carefully designed a scheme to scam Hon Members through deduction from their salaries certain amount of money for a so-called mortgage arrangements to build houses for members. He has been applying every under hand tactics to ensure Members agree to the deal.”
He said the speaker had consistently refused members access to the financial dealings and internal budget of the House and runs the financial management of the House “like a cult.”
When contacted, the spokesman of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa) said it was a matter that had to do with the speaker as a person and referred our correspondent to the speaker’s spokesman.
In his reaction, Dogara’s spokesman, Turaki Hassan, said Jibrin’s allegations were all lies.
“These are all lies and desperate attempts of a drowning man to clutch unto anything having found that all his frivolous allegations do not disclose any element of corruption or wrongdoing against Mr. Speaker.”
Only last week, Jibrin accused Dogara, his deputy, Yussuf Suleimon Lasun, chief whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, and minority leader, Leo Ogor, of trying to force him to insert projects worth about N40 billion to for them in the budget.
Jibrin, who was removed on Wednesday following months of protests by his colleagues over his role in the controversy that trailed the budget, called for the resignation of the quartet over the matter.
“These members of the body of principal officers were not comfortable with my independent disposition and my refusal to cover up their unilateral decision to allocate to themselves 40 billion naira out of the 100 billion allocated to the entire National Assembly.
“The four of them met and took that decision. In addition to billions of wasteful projects running over 20 billion they allocated to their constituencies. They must come out clean. My inability to admit into the budget almost 30 billion personal requests from Mr. Speaker and the 3 other principal officers also became an issue.”