The Investigation of former House of Representatives Chairman, Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, by the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges began yesterday with a four-count charge.
Jibrin’s appearance before the Committee is scheduled for Monday, September 26, 2016.
Jibrin’s lawyer, Femi Falana, has written the Speaker on why the investigation can not proceed while a lawmaker said yesterday that Jibrin would not get justice from the Ethics Committee, .
The charges leveled against Jibrin on behalf of the House by the Chairman Committee on Rules and Business, Emmanuel Orker-Jev, include breach of the privileges of the members of the House; contempt of the House of Representatives; breach of the practices, precedents and usages of the House of Representatives and sundry acts of misconduct against members and the institution of the House of Representatives and National Assembly; and breach of the provisions of the Leguslative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act.
At the investigative sitting which commenced shortly before 11 am yesterday, the Chairman of the Committee, Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta), while soliciting the cooperation of all the parties involved to facilitate a speedy completion of the assignment, assured that the Committee would be objective in all its dealings on the matter.
The proceeding commenced with the Chairman asking the only witness at the day’s sitting, Oker-Jev, who moved the motion for the investigation to confirm the breaches proffered against Jibrin.
In response, Orker-Jev recalled that following the removal of Jibrin as Appropriation Committee Chairman, Jibrin embarked on a campaign of calumny and denigration by making false and scandalous statements and publications in print and electronic media as well as the internet and social media including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, against the members of the House of Representatives collectively and the House of Representatives as an institution.
“The said statements were widely published and circulated worldwide by Hon Jibrin in the aforesaid print and electronic media in Nigeria and on-line, and was read and intended to be read by the constituents of all honorable members, including most villages, towns and cities across Nigeria, including Abuja and also outside Nigeria.”