Constituents sue Nigeria’s House of Reps over Jibrin’s suspension

Abdulmumin Jibrin during one of his visits to his constituent
Abdulmumin Jibrin during one of his visits to his constituent

About 29 members of the constituency of suspended member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumini Jibrin, have sued the House over his suspension.

The plaintiffs from the Kofar federal constituency of Kano State joined the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the leadership and entire house in the suit they filed at the Kano division of the Federal High Court.

They also joined the Clerk of the House in the suit

Mr. Jibrin, who was the removed earlier from his position as chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the House, was suspended for one legislative year after publicly accusing the leadership of the House of padding the 2016 budget.

He has since fled to the United Kingdom, alleging threat to his life.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, the counsel to the constituents, Bashir Muqadam, said the suspension of Mr. Jibrin violated the fundamental rights of the constituents to have representation in the House.

He said the House has no power to suspend any member beyond two weeks.

Mr. Muqadam said the case will come up on December 20.


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