Jibrin wants Ethics Committee hearing suspended, writes Dogara

Former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin has written a letter to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara requesting for the suspension of the Ethics Committee set up to investigate him over the budget padding allegations.

In a letter dated September 23 and written by the legal firm Falana and Falana Chambers, Jibrin said the committee is in contravention of relevant sections of the standing orders of the House.

The letter read, “As you are no doubt aware, the decision of the House to cause the committee to investigate our client by the Committee on Ethics and Privileges contravenes order 9 rule 5 of the Standing Order of the House of Representatives.”

The rule provides that “Reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending, in such a way as might, in the Speaker’s opinion, prejudice the interest of parties thereto.”

In another letter to the Speaker, Jibrin said he felt ashamed seeing a personality with ‘soiled reputation’ presiding over the house on Wednesday.

He said the Speaker was trying to cover his ‘sins’ by directing the investigation to the Ethics committee.

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