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The House of Representatives yesterday
suspended its former chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin
Jibrin, for one year over breaches of  privileges of the 360 members of
the House. This was reported Daily Trust.
Daily trust said, The decision was taken after the adoption of the report of the Ethics
and Privileges Committee which probed the matter between Wednesday last
week and Tuesday this week.

The committee headed Rep Ossai Nicholas
Ossai (PDP, Delta) made four recommendations to the House, one of which
was that Jibrin be reprimanded and suspended for 180 legislative
sitting days in the first instance in line with Chapter 9 (1) of the
Code of Conduct for members of the House.
The panel recommended further Jibrin was required to tender a formal
written apology to the House, prior to his future resumption of duties.
The panel also recommended that the House should further regulate its
procedures. All the recommendations contained in the nine-page report
were adopted the over 200 lawmakers present at plenary, with no
dissenting voice.
180 legislative sitting days amount to a
period of one year as the House only conducts plenary sessions three
days a week, from Tuesday to Thursday.
With the suspension, Jibrin will not be able to attend any plenary or
committee session and will lose all his entitlements as a lawmaker,
including salaries and allowances, among others.
Also, all the five legislative aides attached to him will lose their
entitlements during the period, while his Kiru/Bebeji Federal
Constituency of Kano State will not have any representation in the House
as the suspension lasts.
In his reaction, Jibrin told journalists that he would never apologize to anybody in the House because he believed he was right.
“The most important thing is that Nigerians saw the entire process: how
the motion was passed, what transpired at the level of the ethics
committee and entirely the process was flawed. For me, it’s a non-issue
and complete nonsense and it is not going to stand anywhere in the
“As you are aware, the matter is a subject of litigation. I have
instructed my lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), to file charges of contempt
against Speaker Dogara and of course the House of Representatives. I’m
sure the matter will move over to the judiciary and decision will be
taken. I’m pretty sure it will be in my favour”. He gave his colleagues
in the House 72 hours to declare their running costs or face legal
This is as reported Daily trust.

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