The House of Representatives had on Wednesday passed a resolution to allow Jibrin, who was on suspension, into the National Assembly premises for the purpose of defending himself before the Ethics and Privileges Committee following fresh petitions against him.
However, in series of tweets titled “My Invitation by the House of Representatives”, Jibrin alleged that the petitions were sponsored by the Speaker of the lower chamber, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
Jibrin said that he “will make a formal statement on the invitation and petitions when I receive an official communication from the Speaker or his agents.”
“I have read from several media platforms that Speaker Yakubu Dogara using the House of Representatives has invited me to appear yet again before the ethics committee over two fresh petitions on absenteeism and poor Representation of my constituency and operating a foreign account.
“These petitions came from a nonentity sponsored by Speaker Dogara that calls itself a youth organisation under the guide of the …. Ikenga Ugo Chinyere.
“It is curious that the ethics committee refused to admit and rejected 18 petitions against the Speaker and some principal officers of the House bothering on monumental budget fraud, unprecedented abuse of office and massive corruption but shameless have reduced the entire activities of the ethics committee to witch hunt Hon Jibrin.
“This latest assault is coming because the security and anti graft agencies have made advance progress on investigation which has lead to the freezing of the accounts of some Principal Officers including the Minority Leader Leo Ogor where large sums of illicit funds were found.
“This development has created a huge tension in the House of Representatives and the man to blame and who must be dealt with decisively through any means is Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin.
“This is in addition to the international dimension the issue has taken through my effort and that of other well meaning Nigerians.
“While thousands of Nigerians in diaspora are at the moment signing a global petition calling for the arrest and prosecution of Speaker Dogara and others, a team of competent lawyers in the United Kingdom have concluded plans to file a petition at the Interpol and FBI over 500 billion naira stolen through the running cost scheme designed by Speaker Dogara as Chairman House services in the 6th Assembly.
“The lawyers have identified various instances and laws under which people who created such scams can be prosecuted at the international level.”
“I have reacted to the lies and misinformation regarding the issues of the accounts in a statement I released two days ago to lay the matter to rest and also, the issue of poor representation and absenteeism is simply laughable.
“I will make a formal statement on the invitation and petitions when I receive an official communication from the Speaker or his agents.
“But in the mean time, I wish to state categorically clear that this disgraceful action is an extension of the witch hunt launched against me by Speaker Dogara and his corrupt cabal in the House to paint me in a negative light and divert attention away from the allegations of massive budget fraud and corruption hanging on their necks.”