…Allegations concocted to portray me in bad light- Jibrin
By Bethel Tunde
The former Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, yesterday came under fire over allegation of operating five foreign accounts as the House has again declared that it would investigate the suspended lawmaker.
This development followed a petition written against him by the National youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges.
The intention to probe Jibrin was revealed by Chairman of the committee, Hon. Nicholas Ossai, while receiving the petition against Jibrin from the Coordinator NYCN, Ifeanyi Okonkwo in Abuja.
Hon. Ossai said: “Fighting corruption involves all Nigerians and should be fought holistically.
As a representative of the people, the committee is saddled with the responsibility of fighting corruption in order to have a corrupt free society.”
Speaking earlier, Okonkwo said that the council uncovered several foreign bank accounts being operated by Hon. Jibrin in the Barclays bank, United Kingdom.
According to him, Hon. Jibrin “having not declared the existence of his foreign account to the relevant authorities, owns at least five accounts which Barclays Bank alone,” adding that “all the accounts are functional and been used by Jibrin while still serving as a member of the House of Representatives.”
He said that the accounts include: Barclays bank International account, Barclays Bank Reserve account, Barclays Bank Mortgage account, Barclays bank Euro account, Barclays bank USD currency account.
Okonkwo also mentioned that the group has obtained among many other Code of Conduct Bureau Assets declaration forms of several other Nigerians which are been investigated including that of Jibrin which is deposed to at the FCT high Court.
He said: “From the copy of form, it was revealed that Hon. Jibrin claimed in his form that he does not have any vacant underdeveloped plot of land, does not own a farm, Orchard or ranch, factory or other enterprise and he also denied that he does not own a foreign account. The same Jibrin Nigeria knows is leaving in affluence is the same one creating a Spartan image for himself.
“As you can see, Jibrin is set out to deceive the Code of Conduct Bureau and in the process made depositions he knew at the time of making them most to be true. The account numbers we published in our petition to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Attorney General of the Federation and other agencies is with the Sort Codes for the account and all the accounts have one owner address.”
NYCN, therefore, called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives to publicly investigate the fresh evidence of corruption and pass a resolution and declare the seat of Jibrin vacant for INEC to conduct another election.
The youth further called on the Chairman of Code of Conduct Bureau to immediately refer Jibrin to the Code of Conduct Tribunal for Immediate trial.
They also called on the chairman of EFCC to promptly act on its petition and prosecute Jibrin and be sent to jail.
NYCN called on the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure there is prompt and immediate prosecution of Jibrin for perjury as his deposition in his Code of Conduct Bureau Assets Declaration form are not true
Reacting to the allegation, Hon. Jibrin said that the Barclays accounts were opened long before he became a member of the House of Representatives.
He said: “All the accounts including the Euro and Dollar are dormant with no transaction what so ever as claimed and balance of 1 euro and 1 dollar respectively until they were closed. The mortgage account which I used to buy 81 Cotswold garden in 2009 is non- performing and has been in debit.
“On the piece of land in my village, it is owned by local farmers who are willing to donate such lands so long as it will be used to bring massive development to our town. The allegations are false and concocted to portray me in bad light in the eyes of the public.”