Dog­ara, La­sun paid mil­lions for guest houses – Jib­rin ...It’s all lies – Speaker

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

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.”

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