By Ebitonye Akpodigha
Former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, has been suspended for 180 days by the House.
His suspension came on Wednesday after a motion recommended by House Ethics and Privileges Committee Chairman, Mr Nicholas Osai, calling for this was adopted by the whole House.
Mr Jibrin had been at war with Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara.
He had accused the Speaker of padding the 2016 budget, though Mr Dogara was yet to clear his name of any wrongdoings.
Mr Dogara had directed the House Ethics Committee to look into a motion moved in the House few days ago, calling for the sanction of Mr Jibrin for bringing disrepute to the chamber through his public rants.
Mr Jibrin claimed the Speaker and few principal officers of the House were part of the alleged scam and this was seen as an embarrassment to the green chamber by some members.
Consequently, a lawmaker from Benue State, Mr Emmanuel Orker-Jev, to propose tough sanctions against Mr Jibrin for the damage his allegations had done to the House.
“The image of the House has never been worse than this before. Hon. Jibrin was reckless and the allegations were false. He knew that the allegations were false and scandalous and he had no regards at all to whether the allegations were true or false,” Mr Orker-Jev had said on the floor of the House few days ago.
In view of this, the Speaker directed the Ethics Committee to look into the matter and make recommendations to the House within one week.
The first meeting on the matter was convened on September 23, and an invitation sent to Mr Jibrin, but he did not appear.
In his recommendation, the Committee said the failure of Mr Jibrin to appear before a “properly and constitutionally constituted committee” was, in effect, a defence.
Consequently, he was suspended by the House.