Bounce in: Jibrin files suits against possible arrest, suspension

The displaced Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin has approached the Federal High Court to seek injunction against his possible arrest by the police and suspension from the House of Representatives.

Jibrin had accused Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and three other principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 national budget to the tune of over N40 billion.

The other three are the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Alhassan; and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.

In a suit numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/539 and filed against the Inspector-General of Police on August 9, Jibrin sought a court injunction stopping his possible arrest by the police.

Jibrin also filed a second suit against Dogara; the House of Representatives; the Federal Capital Territory Police Commissioner; Lasun; Ado-Doguwa; Ogor and 10 other lawmakers.

He prayed the court not to allow a plan by Dogara and 13 other members of the House to “suspend” him.
He claimed that the 14 members met on August 3, following which they agreed to reconvene the House with the plan to suspend him.

In his sworn affidavit, Jibrin actually expressed concern that Dogara and the 16 others were not stopped, he (Jibrin) “would be suspended as a member of the House and this will greatly prejudice him and thousands of his constituents who rely on him to afford them their due representations in the Federal legislature.”

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