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Jibrin opens fresh can of worms on Reps


Abdulmumuni Jibrin

Abdulmumuni Jibrin

• ‘How Members Siphon Billions Through Running Costs’
• ‘Why Supporters Backtracked On Anti-corruption’

Suspended former chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, yesterday, made fresh disclosures on alleged corruption in the House of Representatives.

Jibrin explained why members who had earlier supported his anti-corruption push suddenly became quiet, and how representatives allegedly help themselves to billions of naira under the guise of ‘running costs’.

The lawmaker, who confessed, “I took running cost,” said: “Members collect about N10 million every month. In the past, since I came into the National Assembly, till date, there has been a situation where N10 million has been collected. Sometimes it’s between N10 to about N20 million monthly.

“To make matters worse, there is a kind of arrangement, that ensures that the cumulative of that amount is paid to you upfront. That is why you see someone comes into the National Assembly with nothing, but after swearing-in, he is already buying a car of N20 million.

“There is a fraudulent arrangement. For instance, if what you take is N20 million per month, that brings it to about N900 billion in four years. There is an arrangement that ensures you could get even up to half of that money instantly. It is such a mess.”

According to Jibrin, the leadership of the House, at a meeting, had warned members that many heads could roll if the issue of running costs is revealed.He said: “So, he (Speaker) just said it straight. ‘I won’t go down alone. If you allow these issues to be investigated, of course, we have to open up the running cost issue’. From that meeting, people started backtracking. That was why you even had a peaceful session on the first day of sitting after resumption.

“Everybody was ready for a showdown. But that night, he struck. He put the fear of running cost in the hearts of lawmakers because the running cost issue will send hundreds of members to jail directly. You don’t need to investigate it. It’s a fraud. It’s a huge and massive fraud and I have never pretended or avoided saying it.”

But asked if he would still have challenged the Speaker had he not been removed as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Jibrin answered: “The issue is that my removal was just a trigger. It was just an immediate cause. There had been a remote crisis. I have reported in the media that I protested when I saw 2000 projects worth N284 billion in the budget. I confronted the Speaker on it and I said, ‘I cannot allow this to happen’.

“We fought internally when he wanted me to put projects worth N30 billion in the budget. I said this is ridiculous. It has never happened, and I am not going to do it. There has been lots of issues, and that is why I keep explaining to people that I have fought this battle extensively, internally, and they’ve not come out to say no, because I have given out documents to anti-graft agencies and to the Nigeria Police Force, to show that these are the battles I have been fighting internally before now.”

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  • nuelsymbol

    EFCC and DSS ,what are your comments.? President Buhari are you hearing this ? The President of NLC, TUC,NUT,ASUU, NMA etc, it is hoped you are in rapt attention . The struggle continues .

  • bobo

    They’re all at the airport harassing innocent travelers, or sleeping.

  • oluwole Soyemi

    President Buhari,should act on this matter DSS,EFCC and other anti graft agencies should not disregard what jubrin is driving at Dogara and his cohorts must step aside for proper investigation to take place

  • George Bongu

    Editor, kindly check the amount you published. It’s incorrect 20M per month in 12 months equals 240M multiply by 4 comes to 960M per rep. The reps, Senators nor other agencies of the government are our problem. Nigerians are the problems. We allow the corruption to continue, we endured and enjoyed whatever they threw at us. O many people how long are going to allow these mess to continue. Arise O compatriot

  • Tunde

    My God! No wonder Saraki’s lapdog from Kogi could boast about being an honorable senate member when asked after buying a luxury car shortly after resuming in the senate! Haah! Naija! We need to occupy until we dislodge these thieves! How & When!

  • Peter O Peters

    It does not matter what the motive, intention or timing of Jubril’s whistle. Corruption is corruption, no matter who reported it. This must be investigated so that Nigerians can see why national assembly has been so dormant and juicy that even ex-governors love to go there too. Buhari govt. please check their books.

  • infinity2020

    Mr Jibrin continue to sing. The song is getting louder. PMB i hope you have fixed your hearing problem? This Mr Jibrin palaver refused to go away. He was a crook but he has repented. Nigerians should rise up in support of Jibrin. May be and may be that is our Nigerian Lee Kuan Yew .