The Federal House of Representatives on Wednesday suspended its chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin,for 180 legislative days. following the unfolding budget padding scandal.
The House seats three days in a week and this consequently means that Mr. Jibrin’s suspension would last more than a year.
In a motion recommended by House Ethics Committee chairman, Nicholas Ossai, and adopted by the whole House, Mr. Jibrin will also not be able to hold any position of responsibility for the span of the current National Assembly.
Jibrin who has been at loggerheads with the leadership of the house after his suspension in July, has overtime accused the speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, 3 principal officers and 9 other lawmakers of budget padding.
At the reopening of the house last week, he was mandated to appear before the house committee on Ethics and Privileges but he failed to do so.
Abdulmumin Jibrin, had threatened yesterday to drag the Committee on Ethics and Privileges to court, if it went ahead to recommend his suspension.
The embattled lawmaker who stated this while addressing journalists in his office in Abuja, said his lawyer had suspected that the matter would lead to the House attempting to suspend him, hence he instituted a matter in court, for which he claimed the speaker was duly notified.
He further explained that he decided not to appear before the Ethics and Privilege Committee because he had wanted the assurances of the chairman of the committee.
Mr. Jubrin also admitted that he refrained from appearing before the committee because he had no confidence in the integrity of its members, insisting that many of them had already expressed their support for the speaker on the floor by wearing the “#I Stand with Dogara” muffler.