The last has not being heard in the crisis brewing between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and his former ally, Abdulmumin Jibrin.
Jubrin, the former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Friday, petitioned the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, accusing the speaker and others of monitoring and harassing him with the police.
The lawmaker stated this on Friday in Abuja in a statement released by his lawyers, adding that Dogara, the deputy speaker, Lasun Yusuf, House whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and minority leader, Leo Ogor are trying to harass and blackmail him to obstruct justice.
It would be recalled that the speaker in the course of the week relieved Jibrin of his chairmanship position, citing a request by Jibrin that the pressure was too much on him.
Jibrin however came out to say that he was actually relieved of the position because of his opposition to the proposed immunity for the senate president and speaker of the House and controversies surrounding the padding of the 2016 budget to the tune of N40 billion by the three Principal officers.
The press release reads in part: “The above quartet have resorted to blackmail our Client into silence and to further harass his person and family using the instrument of the obstructive coercion and perversion of due process by deploying, albeit illegally some elements of the Nigeria Police.
“You will recall that our Client is in dispute with thesaid quartet over his refusal and inability to admit into the National Budget of 2016, the sum of about 30 Billion Naira at the behest of these quartet and also his refusal to cover up the decision of Speaker Dogara and others’ unilateral decision to distribute to themselves 40 Billion Naira out of the 100 Billion Naira allocated to the entire National Assembly in addition to what our Client considers as wasteful projects of over 20 Billion Naira to their (quartet) various constituencies.
“We now have it on good authority that these quartet acting in concert are at the moment using some elements within the police to monitor, harass, intimidate and hound our client into an unwarranted detention with the purpose of inhibiting his right to move freely and to express himself as contained in Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“The purpose of their antics is to upturn the narrative and paint our client as the black sheep in the flock, and cleverly presenting themselves as transparent angels.
“Accordingly, we have made appropriate representations to the Inspector General of Police and other relevant security agencies in the Country drawing their attention to this unwarranted and ill-intentioned steps taken by these quartet and not to allow themselves (security agencies) to be used to execute the personal objectives of these quartet; more so appropriate legal action has been taken by our client, as a law abiding citizen, to protect his fundamental rights as guaranteed by our laws.
“Finally, we hasten to advise Speaker Dogara and the 3 other principal officers mentioned here not to descend to the narrow aim of dragging the institution of the House of Representatives into their personal fight and to note that by virtue of the institution he leads and as a lawyer, he should act within the confines of the Rule of Law and allow the House of Representatives to institute a special investigation into this matter where our Client will have the opportunity earlier denied him by the quartet to testify and provide evidence against them because he who comes to equity must come with clean hands.”
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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