Group accuses ex-Appropriation chair, Jibrin, of operating foreign bank account

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A group, Anti-Corruption Unit, on Sunday accused the former Chairman of House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, of running a bank account in the United Kingdom.

The group said Mr. Jibrin allegedly contravened Nigerian civil service rules which forbid elected public officeholders from operating a foreign bank account while in office.

The allegations come as the lawmakers are returning to Abuja after a two-month-long recess.

In a statement signed by its director, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, the ACU said Mr. Jibrin operated a bank account in the Channel Islands, UK.

Mr. Okonkwo emailed what appeared to be a bank account statement from Dutch banking giant, ING Group, to PREMIUM TIMES.

“Details of the account statement obtained by some lawyers in the UK show that Jibrin has a total £1.558 million pounds (N825 million equivalent) in the account between June 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016,” Mr. Okonkwo said. “Jibrin, however, withdrew the sum of £623.44 within the one month period bringing the balance in the account to £1, 376,193.84.”

But PREMIUM TIMES understands from the bank statement that the £623.44 debit was annual equivalent rate deduction and not a withdrawal.

“Jibrin opened the account with his address at 453 Crankbrook Road, Ilford Essex IG2 6EW,” Mr. Okonkwo said.

A reverse search done on the address showed that it was used by a company in which one Abdulmumin Jibrin born in September 1976 was a director until 2012.

Mr. Jibrin, the lawmaker, was born on September 9, 1976.

“Jibrin’s ownership of foreign account contravenes the provisions of the 1999 constitution which bars public officer from owning and operating foreign account,” Mr. Okonkwo said.

Mr. Okonkwo said Mr. Jibrin’s alleged ownership of the account is part of the evidence he included in a petition he planned to submit to the EFCC on Monday morning.

Mr.  Jibrin was chairman of the Appropriation Committee until July 20.

It is not immediately clear if the revelation was part of the media war over the scandal.

Mr. Jibrin did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ request for comment, but a message he posted on his Twitter account said the ACU allegations marked the  “latest blackmail” against him.

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  • The Percolator

    Alhaji Jibrin, please tell us where Dogara has stashed his loot. You cannot sit idle while these folks show your dirty linen in public. As a matter of urgency, you should reveal Dogara’s loot as well as it’s location. These warring factions might turn out to be a blessing in disguise as their corrupt practices are revealed to us (the Nigerian people)).

  • wazobia ninja!!!!!!

    yeaah,throw some mud ………………………………………….. keep throwing says johnnie walker ………………..

  • Okokondem

    PREMIUM TIMES and SAMUEL OGUNDIPE in particular has earned my respect by showing courage where other Nigeria news sources have failed, by their dogged and relentless approach to unearthing some of the ills in the system. I’m sure others share this view.

    Therefore, now that so much needs to be unearthed given the state of the country’s economy and so much more to be fixed, your focused attention is needed more than ever.

    That’s why I was disappointed when I found out this morning that the political machinery appears to be succeeding in diverting PREMIUM TIMES’ attention on the budget padding controversy.

    Those of us who have hailed Mr Jibrin didn’t do so on the basis of his innocence on what everybody knows is wrong with the Nigerian legislature. Rather, we welcome his willingness to expose the legislative practices and tactics that continues to produce the world’s highest paid parliamentarians.

    So please, PREMIUM TIMES don’t allow yourself to become a tool for diverting attention from this important development. Concentrate on investigating the practices of budget padding and NOT on Jibrin. Nigeria will thank you for it.