Court To Hear Jibrin’s Case On Oct. 21
Justice Okon Abang, of the Federal High Court Abuja, has fixed October 21 for the hearing of a suit filed by Abdulmumin Jibrin, former Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriation, challenging his suspension from the House.
Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano State, was on Wednesday suspended by the House of Representatives for 180 legislative days.
Before his suspension, Jibrin had on August 9, filed a lawsuit seeking to stop any plan by the lower legislative chamber to suspend him; a case which was still pending before the court.
The case was reassigned to Justice John Tsoho when the court resumed from vacation and the matter was fixed for Friday for mention.
However, on resumption, Jibrin’s lawyer, Mohammed Abdulhamid, informed the judge that the House of Representatives had gone ahead to suspend his client irrespective of the fact that the case was already in court.
Justice Tsoho said since the day’s business was for the mention of the case, he would prefer to adjourn it till October 21 for the hearing of all pending motions.
Apart from Jibrin’s motion, also pending before the court is a notice of preliminary objection filed by the House of Representatives and other defendants challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.
Jibrin’s suspension on Wednesday was a fallout of his campaign since July for the removal of the House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the House over allegation that they padded the 2016 budget with about N40bn.