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Jibrin threatens to expose details of illegal allowances received by lawmakers

Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, the former Chairman of House Committee on Appropriation

Yesterday, the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumuni Jibrin, who few days ago, was suspended for 180 days by the House of Representatives after he was found guilty of violating the House Ethics and Lawmaker’s Privileges, gave all his colleagues who received what he (Jibrin) alleged as illegal allowances to return it within three (3) days.

He threatened to publish the names and details of how such funds were siphoned by the lawmakers.

According to Mr. Jibrin, millions was received by lawmakers as illegal allowances; he also accused himself of receiving N650million illegally.

He advised his colleagues to individually go to the appropriate authority and make necessary arrangement on how to return back illegal millions.

“I have written to the Clerk of the National Assembly to stand by in anticipation,” Mr. Jibrin said.

“In the face of the revenue challenges and biting hardship the country is currently facing, there is no better time the country needs such money than now.” He added

“I have come under intense public scrutiny and pressure to prove that there exists systemic corruption in the House.” He noted

“I have taken it as a responsibility to prove to the public that the House is a den of systemic corruption. As colleagues, I have bound with many of you and have built a life-long friendship.

“I have some of you that I hold in high esteem. If you end up at the receiving end of the actions I will be taking up in the next few days, I want you to know there is nothing personal but commitment and fervent desire to ensure that corruption is wiped out of the House and reforms that will restore the battered image of the House and take back the House to the Nigerian people are implemented.”

“In the case of the Presiding and Principal Officers, in addition to my demand in this letter which applies to them too, I wrote them yesterday (on Wednesday) and gave them a 72-hour ultimatum to make public the total amount they had received as running cost in their entire stay in the House, failure of which I will proceed with necessary legal action to compel them to make the total amount each of them had received public.

“There are other issues of monumental corruption in the House that I will be raising in the following weeks which we must all deal with, but first, let’s get done with this one.”

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