Suspended former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Approppriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has revealed that he has submitted the names of at least fifty lawmakers of the lower chamber to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for taking illegal allowances. He also demanded a stop to the payment of running costs to members of the House.
In a statement on Thursday, Jibrin listed the names he submitted as including that of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, Minority Leader, Leo Ogor and Herman Hembe, chairman of House Committee on FCT.
Others include Adams Jagaba, Timothy Golu, Yunusa Abubakar, Mukaila Kazzim, Lynda Ikpeazu, Abdulrazak Namdas, and Nicholas Osai.
According to the lawmaker, his latest move is a follow-up to the three-day ultimatum he gave his colleagues to return their illegal allowances through the clerk of the National Assembly which they failed to comply with.
While demanding an in-depth investigation into the activities of the lawmakers, Jibrin warned that this is the first of many revelations to come.
Jibrin was recently suspended by his colleagues for 180 legislative days. He is fighting the suspension in court.
The lawmaker also yesterday urged the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, to stop payment of running costs to members of the House because the fund was “diverted into private pockets” and not for its intended purpose.
“There is no law in our country that is intended to protect corruption. So, the continuous payment of such money negates the spirit and genuine intention of establishing such laws in the first place,” he stressed.
Jibrin called for a boycott of the activities of the House by Nigerians and government parastatals saying, “I am also calling on Nigerians, companies, ministries, departments and agencies to shun invitations from the House of Representatives until the House allows for a transparent investigation of individual and systemic corruption allegations in collaboration with ongoing external investigations by the police and anti-graft agencies.”
The lawmaker further alleged that Jibrin alleged that the reason the House could not successfully probe the tenure of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was due to a sabotage by a senior member of the House.