There are strong indications that the embattled former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, owns and operates a foreign account in contravention of relevant Nigerian laws.

Documents obtained and released by the Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere-led National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, a lawyer, indicates that Jibrin owns and operates foreign account with ING Bank Channels Island, United Kingdom.

The bank is located at Forum House, Grenville Street, St-Heller, Jerssy JE2 4UF, Channels Island United Kingdom. Jibrin opened the account with his address at 453 Crankbrook Road, Ilford Essex IG2 6EW. Details of the account statement obtained by some lawyers in the UK show that Jibrin has a total £1.558 million (N825 million equivalent) in the account between June 1 2016 to June 30 2016.

Jibrin however, withdrew the sum of £623.44 pounds within the one month period bringing the balance in the account to £1.376,193.84. Jibrin’s ownership of the foreign account contravenes the provisions of the 1999 Constitution which bars public officers from owning and operating foreign accounts.

Paragraph 3, Part one of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of Nigeria 1999, provides: “The President, Vice President, members of the National Assembly and Houses of Assembly of states and such other public officers or persons as the National Assembly may by law prescribes; shall not maintain or operate a bank account in any country outside Nigeria.”

Paragraph 18 of same Schedule provides to the effect that where the Code of Conduct Tribunal finds a public officer guilty of contravention of any provision of the code of conduct, the punishments to be imposed include: vacation of office or seat, disqualification from membership of a legislative house, Seizure of forfeiture of assets or property being proceeds of such corruption, prosecution in addition to the above sanctions where the conduct constitutes a crime.

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