The House of Representatives on Wednesday suspended the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin for 180 legislative days over his budget padding allegations.
Jibrin’s suspension is expected to last for more than a year, as the House seats only three days in a week.
The Ethics Committee Chairman, Mr. Ossai said Jibrin’s failure to appear before his “properly and constitutionally constituted committee” was a defence.
Jibrin had accused Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three other principal officers of inserting fictitious projects to the 2016 budget to the tune of N40 billion.
He had submitted proof to the EFCC, ICPC as well as the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption led by Prof. Itse Sagay.
Apart from raising budget padding allegations, Jibrin had also said some lawmakers were not “worthy” to belong to the house.
Femi Falana, counsel to the former appropriations chairman, had urged the speaker to suspend the probe, saying it was a contravention of Order 9 rule 5 of the house standing rules.
A lawmaker from Benue, Emmanuel Orker-Jev had proposed tough sanctions against Jibrin for what he regarded as a breach of House rules.
According to the House calendar, one legislative year comprises 181 days.