‘Nigerian Senators, Reps have pocketed N500 billion since 2006’

Abdulmumin Jibrin
Abdulmumin Jibrin

Nigerian Senators and House of Representatives members have pocketed half a trillion Nigeria between 2006 and 2016, a member who was suspended for exposing alleged fraud in the House said Friday.

Abdulmumin Jibrin said he was exploring ways for foreign investigators to probe the alleged fraud, which he said amounted to “a crime against humanity”.

Mr. Jibrin said member received the huge figure as “running cost”, provided for each year in National Assembly budgets.

“The National Assembly has received about N1 trillion since 2006 and about N500 billion has gone directly into private pockets through the fraud called running cost,” Mr. Jibrin said in a statement.

Mr. Jibrin said he was corroborating former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s claims about the level of corruption in the National Assembly.

Mr. Obasanjo came down hard on the legislators in a speech in Lagos on Wednesday, chiding the parliament as “a den of corruption” controlled by “a gang of unarmed robbers”.

He called on President Buhari to take extreme measures to purge the parliament of its corrupt elements, saying it “stinks and stinks to high heavens.”

The House of Representatives hit back at the former leader the next day, labelling him as the “most corrupt” Nigerian in history.

In a statement signed by its spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas, the House said Mr. Obasanjo had lost the moral standing to speak against corruption, having allegedly bribed lawmakers with a huge stash of money over a decade ago.

Mr. Jibrin took sides with Mr. Obasanjo in the faceoff, saying the former president’s attacks were “characteristically blunt and honest”.

He said the allocation of the National Assembly had seen an exponential growth in recent years.

Mr. Jibrin dismissed Mr. Namdas’ explanation why the House had been hiking its budget every year as a manifestation of his “lack of institutional knowledge” on budgetary issues.

“Namdas lacked the institutional knowledge to comment on issues like this,” Mr. Jibrin said. “What does he know about allocations to the House?”

“Statutory allocations to the National Assembly rose from about N40 billion in 2006 to N150 billion in 2011 and N120 billion in 2015 and N115 billion in 2016.”

Mr. Jibrin said details of the National Assembly budget are shrouded in secrecy and are being hidden from even most lawmakers.

Despite effusive promises, Senate President Bukola Saraki failed to publish details of the National Assembly budget for 2016. Mr. Saraki and Mr. Dogara sidestepped Nigerians’ demand for transparency in the parliament’s expenses throughout the year.

The opacity and other alleged official transgressions of Mr. Saraki, Mr. Dogara and other lawmakers will be forwarded to the FBI and Interpol, Mr. Jibrin said.

“I have received a briefing from my lawyers in London that such scams equal a crime against humanity,” Mr. Jibrin said. “And there are laws in America and Europe that allow the FBI and Interpol to deal with such cases at the international level so that the culprits who created the scam can be prosecuted.”

Mr. Namdas did not immediately respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ requests for comment Saturday afternoon.


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  • Mr X

    You are really becoming irritating.

    • Sword of Damocles

      W-H-Y ??????

    • Emeka

      I think you are empty in the head to make such statement.

  • Rommel

    Why do Nigerians not react to such stories, but were it to be some lousy allegations against the person of president Buhari,the entire cyberspace would have been on fire by now

    • Stalingrad

      The silent majority who voted the President into power,sickened by the graft in the Jonathan administration and want no quarters given in the fight against corruption do and it is to these people he must cater to..Not to the due process and rule of law hypocrites .The anti corruption toga of Buhari must not become a myth and he must ruthlessly deal with Jonathan and his corrupt acolytes…The silent majority who placed a certain semblance of often misplaced hope in him and generations unborn will thank him for it.

  • NwaIgbo

    True, this is a crime against humanity. Nigeria is where she is today because of the banditry, corruption and unchallenged opulence of the people who make laws for us. It is not today that they started to steal, though they have no brain power to solve Nigeria’s problem, they are astute and skilled in siphoning our common wealth. What in the world is constituency projects? Where are the lists of completed constituency projects and at what prize? Who selected these projects, who contracted out these projects and to which companies. Bottom line, this a huge SCAM perpetrated and executed my these deplorable men in our hallowed chambers.
    What is security allowance, and for whom? How much do these dark and insatiable minds in our congress wallop and for what: mansions, cars, women/concubines ?
    OBJ may be Ali Baba but he was right on point in regards to the profligacy in Nigerian’s Congress. if we don’t dismantle this bottomless pit of corruption, they will sink Nigeria.
    For Jibrin, forge ahead and expose everything you know, you are writing your name on the sands of time. Forge ahead , you have many supporters, believe that!

  • princegab

    Jibrin is gradually becoming a hard hook swallowed by NASS. I have started to support and taking him serious. He is that catalyst to bring down the NASS in favour of the the poor.

  • Okokondem

    Long before the emergence of Jibrin, when outrageous salaries and allowances members of the Nigerian parliament appropriated to themselves became public, I have held the belief that finding a lasting solution to the intractable nature of corruption in the country may indeed start by cleaning up the sewer that the institution has become.

    I also applaud the current efforts to clean up the judiciary, provided that effort remains free of political witch hunt.

    Recent comments by Obasanjo condemning what has come to be known as budget padding might help in bringing more attention to this awful art of embezzlement by elected officials.

  • thusspokez

    Abdulmumin Jibrin said he was exploring ways for foreign investigators to probe the alleged fraud, which he said amounted to “a crime against humanity”

    “Foreign investigators” to investigate a sovereign country’s highest legislative house? What an insult to Nigeria; and what a stµpid person this Jibrin is! Only a Nigeria would think that this was a good idea. This man should be charged with treason!

    • Ikenna Okwuchi

      The chap is fast running out of options, what else can he do seeing as our own investigative organs are busy pursuing judges and PDP criminals while ignoring this very loud whistle blower

  • Okokondem

    James Ibori who every discerning mind in Nigeria knew or at the least suspected was corrupt and compromised during his time as the governor of Delta state eluded justice at home only to be found guilty in a foreign country by “Foreign investigators.” 

    I get befuddled and quite frankly disappointed when discerning minds get distracted or become bogged down with semantics and use peripheral reasons as justification for dissenting on issues of national importance. I even get more irritated when this comes from a person I have begun to view as being thoughtful.

    Nigeria’s problems are peculiar therefore may require an unusual approach to solve. While I may not recommended bringing “foreign investigators” to determine whether the world’s highest paid legislators may in fact be defrauding their country and its people, I am not prepared to let the practice continue indefinitely for reasons of sovereignty and teritorial integrity. What good is sovereignty if those entrusted to govern engage instead in practices that are at variance with very the basic principles of governance.

    The problem with many opinions offered in these online forums is that they are often preformed to either defend or castigate any given position, based on any number of influences such as beholding to a political party or pledged allegiance to religion or geographical region. And that is really disappointing if we are truly ever going to address the causes of the setbacks in this country.