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Jibrin Submits Petition To EFCC Against Dogara, 12 Others

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Abdulmumin Jibrin, the ousted chairman of the House of Representatives committee on appropriation, on Monday, August 1, 2016, visited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and other anti-corruption agencies to submit a fraud-related petition against the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers of the House.

Jibrin also explained that he had added new names to his list of indicted House members.

“What a day! I submitted petition against Speaker Dogara and twelve others. Now it’s over to the security and anti-corruption agencies. I added one new name to my petition, Hon Abonta Abonta. The member who spoke after me on Channels TV and denied corruption exists in the House,” Jibrin said on micro-blogging website Twitter.

Explaining his petition, Jibrin said his allegations against Dogara and others included corrupt enrichment, abuse of office and public trust, living above means, and massive movement of funds in the budget.

Meanwhile, the secretariat of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation remained shut on Monday, the third day running after operatives of the Department of State Security took over the place on Saturday, July 31, 2016.

The House, however, on Monday released a request by Jibrin, to other committee chairmen.

In the request, sent through an SMS, he justified his insertions into the budget and pleaded for the support of the committee chairmen.

He begged them to accept the insertions just as he too was prepared to defend them, particularly before the media.

At the appropriation committee office, a security officer said the DSS operatives did not allow anybody to enter the place.

Two male operatives had arrived at the National Assembly on Saturday last week, a day after Jibrin, submitted a petition to the EFCC, the DSS and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission on his “budget padding” allegations against the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers; deputy speaker, Mr. Yussuf Lasun, the chief whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the minority leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.

“The operatives passed the night (Saturday) at the National Assembly. They remained there on Sunday.

“They are still on guard over the office; nobody has entered the office since they arrived at the secretariat,” a security source said on Monday.

Jibrin specifically alleged that the four officials requested the inclusion of projects worth N40bn in the 2016 budget, besides sundry projects ranging from N20bn to N30bn.insertions made into the budget.

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