Alleged Budget Padding: Jibrin Provides Evidence To Anti-graft Agencies

 

Former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Representative Abdulmumin Jibrin, says he has since submitted enough documents to the anti-graft agencies.

Mr Jibrin’s statement comes as part of evidences to back his allegations on padding of the 2016 budget by the House of Representatives.

 

He told Channels Television in an exclusive interview that some of the documents would nail some of his colleagues he had mentioned in the padding saga.

 

The lawmaker said that he has called for the security of the appropriation office and his office at the National Assembly where more indicting documents are.

 

He expressed readiness to help fight corruption in the National Assembly.

On Saturday, the crisis rocking the House of Representatives over allegations of padding the 2016 budget took a different twist with the sealing off of the secretariat of the Appropriations Committee by officers of the De­partment of State Services (DSS).

 

Room 105, office of the embattled former Appropriation Committee chairman was also under watch by personnel of another security agency

Abdulmumin Ji­brin tweeted yes­terday that security agencies were providing protection for him following requests from his lawyers.

 

“On the request of my lawyers, security agencies have promptly provided pro­tection for the Appropriation secretariat, my office and house,” he tweeted.

 

Jibrin had last Thursday alleged that the Speaker di­rected the removal of com­puters and documents from the Committee’s secretariat.

 

Also on Thursday, the lawmaker said he visited the DSS headquarters to for­mally make his complaints against the Speaker, the Deputy-Speaker, Yusuf La­sun, Majority Whip, Alhas­san Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.

 

With reference to the allegations, he tweeted  “the case against them ranges from corrupt enrichment, abuse of office and public trust, liv­ing above means, to massive movement of funds in bud­get,” he posted on Twitter.

 

But at a media briefing yesterday, chairman of House of Representatives Commit­tee on Appropriation, Mus­tapha Dawaki declared that secretariat was still in opera­tion. He also declared that no item was missing or carted away from the Committee’s office.

 

Reading a letter dated July 29, 2016, from the Clerk of the Committee, Abel Ochig­bo to the Acting Clerk, House of Representatives, Moham­med-Omolori and the Chair­man of the Appropriation Committee, Dawaki said: “The secretariat is intact and has not been threatened in anyway. All records are also intact and safe – both software and hardware.

 

“In addition, no staff in the secretariat of the committee has been subjected to any form of threat, intimidation or harassment from any quarter whatsoever.”

 

But in a sharp contrast to his statement, the Clerk of the Committee and his staff were denied access to the office by two security operatives in mufti believed to be from the Presidency.

 

Journalists that followed the Clerk to the Committee’s office spent no less than 30 minutes at its entrance, as the security agents refused the Clerk and his workers access to the office.

 

 

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