The House of Representatives has passed a resolution allowing the embattled lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin into the National Assembly premises.
Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin
The suspended member of Federal House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, is set to get back into the National Assembly premises for the purpose of defending himself before the Ethics and Privileges committee, following fresh petitions against him.
According to a report by TheCable News, the House of Representatives in a plenary session on Wednesday, passed a resolution allowing the embattled lawmaker to come and defend himself.
In a motion earlier today, chairman of the Ethics committee, Ossai Ossai, said he was in receipt of two fresh petitions against Jibrin.
“The committee on Ethics and Privileges has commenced investigations into the petitions and seeks the indulgence of the house to invite Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, on grounds of fair hearing, to be allowed into the precincts of the house for the purpose of the defending the allegations contained in the petitions,” the legislator told the House.
He added that the petitions received against Jibrin were on his absenteeism and poor representation of his constituency of Kiru/Bebeji in Kano state and for operating foreign accounts which was in violation of the 1999 constitution.
A legislator from Kano, Aliyu Madaki, while contributing to the debate, said since he had been suspended, adding that there was no need to consider the motion.
“Jibrin is not my friend but let us do the right thing. He has been suspended for one year; why are we considering this then? Let the court case take its course,” Madaki said.
Speaker Dogara while also speaking, disclosed that the matter in court did not have anything to do with absenteeism or the foreign accounts said to be operated by Jibrin.
“We don’t know of any case in court as regards operating of foreign accounts or absenteeism, but this is in line with fair hearing and I think that is why the motion is here,” the speaker said.
The house adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by Dogara.