House Scandal: Jibrin Meets Sagay Committee, Insists Dogara, Others Must Go

Abdulmumin Jibrin

A former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, met with the Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption in Abuja on Wednesday.

Jibrin emerged from the meeting which took place at the secretariat of the PACAC at the Phase 1 of the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, at about 2.49pm on Wednesday, renewing his call for the removal of th Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers, over the budget padding scam rocking the lower legislative chamber.

Jibrin, who was sacked as the Chairman House Committee on Appropriation for “abusing” the 2016 budget, had earlier petitioned PACAC, the police and anti-corruption agencies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, accusing Dogara, the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor of padding the budget by over N40bn.

Jibrin met with members of PACAC for about four hours on Wednesday following an invitation by the committee.

It was learnt that Jibrin responded to a lot of questions from the committee members and taken through some documents he submitted along with his petition, during the meeting.

Executive Secretary of PACAC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, confirmed to our correspondent after the meeting with Jibrin that the committee had started considering the petitioner’s submissions and documents.

“What I can tell you now is that we are still meeting on the issue. It is difficult to tell you the outcome or what line of action we are taking next.

“It will be pre-emptive to say anything at this stage,” Owasanoye said.

Fielding questions from journalists after meeting with PACAC members, Jibrin described his deliberations with the committee members as fruitful.

He insisted that Dogara and others had been shown to be corrupt and had lost the moral right to remain in office.

He said, “Yes, we still stand by our position, given the gravity of the allegation against the Speaker, Dogara, Lasun, Ado-Doguwa and Leo Ogor, and the fact that they have not responded to any of the allegations till date.

“Some of these allegations are specific allegations that it will be hard for anybody to deny. We had expected that they should do the honourable thing by resigning and submitting themselves for investigation.

“Of course, the Leader of the House (Femi Gbajabiamila) has led by example; he has submitted himself to the police. But the most important thing is that that position has not changed.