Reps to probe Jibrin over alleged foreign accounts

Abdulmumuni Jibrin

Abdulmumuni Jibrin

Following a petition against the suspended member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumini Jibrin, there are indications that he might be probed for allegedly operating foreign accounts.

The Chairman, House committee on Ethics and Privileges, Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai dropped the hint yesterday in Abuja.

He spoke when members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) submitted the petition, which alleged that Jibrin was operating foreign accounts in the United Kingdom.

The NYCN’s Coordinator, Mr. Ifeanyi Okonkwo, claimed that Jibrin’s operation of the accounts contravened the 5th Schedule, Paragraph three of the 1999 Constitution.

According to him, the Act also violates Section 7 of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Tribunal Act, which prohibits public officers from operating accounts in any country outside Nigeria.

Okonkwo said the NYCN had earlier submitted a petition to the CCB and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the issue.

He also tendered copies of the CCB’s declaration form, which showed that the embattled lawmaker lied when he stated that he did not own any foreign account.

Okonkwo urged Speaker Yakubu Dogara to initiate fresh investigations into the issue to ensure that Jibrin is recalled to face prosecution.

He listed the accounts to be Barclay’s Bank International account, Barclay’s Bank reserve account, Barclay’s Bank Mortgage account and Barclay’s Bank USD currency account.

The petition contained the account numbers and the address of the bank located at 81, Cotswold Gardens, London, NW2 IPE.

Ossai described the step taken by the NYCN as one of the ways of purging the country of alleged corrupt practices.

He promised that his committee would consider the issue in an open and transparent manner.

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