The House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Monday concluded its probe of the former chairman of the appropriation committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin.
This is even as Jibrin made good his promise not to appear before the committee for what he termed partial disposition of members of the panel.
The House had last Wednesday given the committee one week to probe Jibrin over alleged breach of the 360 members’ privileges through his various allegations of corruption allegedly perpetrated in the 2016 budget by Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three others as well as illegal collection of allowances and running costs by other members, including himself.
Consequently, the committee commenced the probe on Friday by engaging the chairman of the rules and business committee, Rep Emmanuel Yisa Orker-Jev (APC, Benue), who sponsored the motion that led to the probe. Jibrin was billed to appear on Monday, but he did not.
The committee waited for more than two hours for Jibrin to appear but in vain.
At the end of the proceedings, the chairman of the committee, Rep Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta), said the committee had given Jibrin all the opportunity for fair hearing to appear and defend himself as provided by the Nigerian constitution.
He said however that Jibrin’s decision not to appear before the panel was also a defence on its own. “We have given him a reasonable time since last week. I communicated with him and gave him the assurances that fair hearing would be given to him, but he refused to appear. God knows we did our best.”
Daily Trust gathered from some lawmakers that the committee might proceed to recommend Jibrin’s sack to the House in its report expected to be laid on the floor this week.