Hundreds of protesters under the aegis of Coalition in Defence of Democracy (CDD) yesterday stormed the precinct of the National Assembly, demanding the immediate suspension of embattled former chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumini Jibrin.
The protesters who brandished several banners and placards wondered why Jibrin went out of his way to malign the institution of the National Assembly over the 2016 budget without justifiable reason.
The placard brandished by the protesters read, “We demand the indefinite suspension and prosecution of Hon Jibrin for contempt of the House, operating of foreign account, scandalising the House, contract splitting, money laundering and living above his means.”
Some of the banners read: “ EFCC – prosecute Jibrin for operating £1.37 million pounds foreign account – Africa media”, “Hon Jibrin is a professional blackmailer”, “coalition in defence of democracy wants Reps to suspend Hon Jibrin for his failed plot to destroy the legislature”, “Coalition of civil society group wants NASS and AG to suspend and prosecute Jibrin for blackmail, contempt of the House operating foreign account, contract splitting, and IL -gotten wealth.”
Mr Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere who led the procession, told reporters that they had already approached the attorney general of the federation and justice minister, Mr Abubakar Malami, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to prosecute the lawmaker for allegedly maintaining a foreign account in the United kingdom (UK), and also his admission of illegally receiving N650,000.000.00 in the House of Representatives.
He also based his call for the suspension of Jibrin arguing that he had violated section 24 of the legislative houses (powers and privileges) Act which prohibits members of the House from defaming the House and any of its committees unjustly.
Ugochinyere, who accused Jibrin of plotting to derail democracy, noted: “This dastard plot to destabilize the parliament is real. It aims at discrediting the parliament to enable them force a leadership change to suit the whims and caprices of those external forces who could not
win on the floor of the parliament, who are now using Jibrin to continue a battle they were roundly defeated.
“Despite knowing the powers of the legislature in appropriation as provided in section 59, 81, 82 of the constitution, Jibrin has obliged himself to negative democratic influences who are willing to go the extra mile to derail democracy. This must be condemned in its entirety.”