I won’t appear before House Ethics Committee unless hearing is made public – Jibrin

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A former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has said that he will not appear before the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges except if the hearing will be public.

This is contained in a statement he issued on Wednesday after the house resolved to investigate him over his allegations against four principal officers of padding the 2016 budget.

Mr. Jibrin said that referring the matter to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges was a plot to dilute the ongoing external investigation by anti-graft agencies

“The grand plan is to dilute the ongoing external investigation by the police and EFCC and use the Ethics Committee for a soft landing.

“I have said repeatedly, I stand by my allegations and will continue this struggle to expose the 2016 budget fraud and corruption in the house even if I am alone,” he said.

Mr. Jibrin further said that internal investigation of the matter would imply making the Speaker Yakubu Dogara a judge in the case.

“I completely disagree with this approach because it will mean that the speaker is superintending over his investigation and that clearly makes him a judge in his own case.

“The allegations I raised are too grievous to be reduced to such process open to manipulation and teleguiding.

“I will, therefore, continue to cooperate with the anti-graft agencies which are already doing investigation the matter and will also proceed to build a massive coalition with Civil Society Organisations and other well-meaning Nigerians.

“This is to ensure that this matter is not swept under the carpet.

“Since I can substantiate the allegations I raised with cogency, I will take up the opportunity provided by the Ethics Committee to state my case under the condition that the hearing will be public.

“And will allow the Press, CSOs, NGOs, NLC, ASUU, NANS, NBA and the general public to witness the entire proceedings.

“This is the only way that I can have the comfort and confidence that the proceedings, the investigations and the outcome will not be manipulated or compromised.

“I am ready to appear before the committee even today if the proceedings will be public,” he said.

(NAN)

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  • Okokondem

    I like this guy….he’s got chutzpah. A man of mettle.

    This is what we need. He may not be an angel having most likely participated in the shenanigans that takes place in that legislature, but eh, who is without sin.

    All that matters right now is Jibrin has decided to expose the filth and I strongly believe his job in this regard will be made easier if Nigerians are willing to give him the support he needs.

    Other Nigerian newspapers besides PREMIUM TIMES, and TV stations, should get on board. This is how it is done in other parts of the world. This is what democracy is about. The masses get involved in a peaceful way of course, but let your voice be heard. It is incumbent upon those currently living in the country to raise their voices in condemnation of vicious cycle of misappropriation of our commonwealth.

    If Mr Buhari is serious about fighting corruption, his attorney general should be all over this allegation trying to get to the bottom of it.

  • DEPO.

    Where is EFCC? And Why is the Attorney General for the Federation burying his head in the sand? What about the Police? Have these institutions become ‘see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil’ monkey caricatures? What is going on in the National Assembly does not augur well for our nation.

  • amusbay

    Dogara can’t be judge on his own case! i agree with jibrin , is a simple thing . Ethics committee should make the hearing public so, it can transparent enough and they have not disagree with this. there public find will even aid other govt agency on their work.

  • Man_Enough

    this is an opportunity for the government to chastise the national assembly. why is the investigation taking so long? I’m sure the same thing is happening in the senate.