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Breaking: House of Reps Suspends Former Chairman of Appropriation Abdulmumuni Jibrin For 180 Legislative Days

The Federal House of Representatives has suspended its chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, for 180 legislative days, banning him from holding positions of authority for the rest of the eighth Assembly.

Crisis started when Abdulmumin Jibrin, opened up on why the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, sacked him .

Jibrin, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Kano State, claimed in a statement that he was being victimised by the Speaker because he objected to a request Dogara made that he (Jibrin) should allocate projects worth N40bn to him in the 2016 budget.

He alleged that the projects would have been shared among four principal officers, namely, Dogara; the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun; the Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.
Jibrin, who demanded the immediate resignation of Dogara and the three other principal officers, added that the four met and took the “unilateral” decision to request the inclusion of the N40bn projects in the budget.

According to Jibrin, when he was approached by the four with the information, he declined to oblige them in a bid to assert the independence of his committee.

He said the N40bn was to have come from the N100bn earmarked for the constituency projects of all lawmakers.

Jibrin said, “These members of the body of principal officers were not comfortable with my independent disposition and my refusal to cover up their unilateral decision to allocate to themselves N40bn out of the N100bn allocated to the entire National Assembly.

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