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#Budget Padding: Jibrin Resumes Today As Reps Lift Suspension


According to reports, The House of Representatives on Tuesday lifted the suspension placed on its former Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Mr. Abdulmumini Jibrin.

Jibrin, who was suspended for 180 legislative days in September 2016, had been out of the House for almost one year and four months before he was recalled on Tuesday.

The House lifted the suspension after the All Progressives Congress member from Kano State “apologised” to his colleagues over his conduct in the famous N40bn budget padding allegations, which ultimately led to the suspension.

The Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, brandished a letter, which he said was Jibrin’s letter of apology to the House at Tuesday’s plenary.

Dogara recalled that the apology was one of the conditions attached to the suspension, which Jibrin must fulfil before his pardon.

Dogara stated, “By this (letter of apology), he has fulfilled all the conditions of the resolution of the House. He can resume legislative activities, except anything else happens.”

In 2016, Dogara  had sacked Jibrin over alleged shoddy handling of the budget.

But, days later, Jibrin came out to accuse Dogara and three other top officers of the House of padding the budget by over N40bn.

The others are the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuf Lasun; the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.

Jibrin also alleged that several favoured committee chairmen and members had projects inserted into the budget.

He called for the resignation of the officers and their prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other anti-corruption agencies.

However, the House later investigated Jibrin and came up with a report that he exposed the House to “ridicule” by making the budget padding allegations.

A resolution to suspend him was later passed in a unanimous voice vote.

Meanwhile, Jibrin’s office confirmed on Tuesday that the lawmaker would resume on Wednesday (today).

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