Bud­get pad­ding: Reps to probe Jib­rin, re­port him to EFCC

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The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives said it would con­duct an in­ter­nal probe into the eight-month ten­ure of its for­mer chairman of the com­mit­tee on ap­pro­pri­a­tion, Ab­dul­mu­min Jib­rin, over al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against him by mem­bers and some gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

The House also said it would re­fer Jib­rin to the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) and the In­de­pen­dent Cor­rupt and Re­lated Of­fences Com­mis­sion (ICPC) over his han­dling of the 2016 bud­get and his stew­ard­ship as chairman of fi­nance com­mit­tee dur­ing the 7th As­sem­bly.

The House said through its spokesman, Ab­dul­razak Nam­das (APC, Adamawa), at a press con­fer­ence in Abuja yes­ter­day that Jib­rin was re­spon­si­ble for the late pas­sage of the 2016 bud­get as he made failed at­tempts to in­sert projects worth over N250 bil­lion into the bud­get.

It said sev­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies had writ­ten to the House com­plain­ing about Jib­rin’s de­mands be­fore ap­prov­ing their bud­gets and ig­nor­ing mem­bers of the House, par­tic­u­larly those that served un­der him.

On the al­le­ga­tions by Jib­rin that Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara’s hands were soiled in the in­ser­tion of projects worth bil­lions of naira in the bud­get, the House chal­lenged him to pro­duce doc­u­ments to that ef­fect.

Nam­das said Jib­rin was re­moved “based on sundry acts of mis­con­duct, in­com­pe­tence, to­tal dis­re­gard for his col­leagues and abuse of the bud­getary process, among oth­ers.”

He gave other rea­sons for Jib­rin’s re­moval to in­clude im­ma­tu­rity and lack of ca­pac­ity to han­dle the of­fice and that he was found not to be fit and proper per­son to hold such a sen­si­tive of­fice which ex­poses him to high of­fi­cials of gov­ern­ment at all lev­els.

“He [ Jib­rin] was in the habit of col­lat­ing, ware­hous­ing and ma­nip­u­lat­ing sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion to black­mail peo­ple some­times ap­par­ently for pe­cu­niary pur­poses.

“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.”

How­ever, in his re­ac­tion, Jib­rin said in­stead of ad­dress­ing the cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions he raised against Dog­ara, his deputy, Yus­suf Sulei­mon La­sun, chief whip, Al­has­san Ado Doguwa and mi­nor­ity leader, Leo Ogor, “they are busy ac­cus­ing me of im­ma­tu­rity and some lame and am­bi­tious sto­ries and com­pen­dium of lies.”

“I have called the 4 of them very cor­rupt pub­lic of­fi­cers. I stand by my state­ment that they have grossly abused their of­fices and pub­lic trust. Can they look at me and say same? I am glad I now have the open­ing that I so badly crave to ex­pose cor­rup­tion in the House. If you have any­thing on me, feel free and bring it on!”

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