Jibrin Files N1 Billion Suit Against House Of Reps.

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Abdulmumin Jibrin, the suspended former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, has filed a fresh suit against the leadership of the House,asking for N1 billion in damages.

Jibrin filed the suit at the Federal High Abuja on Friday shortly after withdrawing the one he filed on August 9 asking the court to stop the House from suspending him.

The Kano State lawmaker is asking the court to declare his eventual suspension from the House of Representatives as a violation of his fundamental human rights to freedom of expression.

He prayed the court to declare that the resolution passed by the House of Representatives suspending him was in breach of Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Jibrin also wants the court to restrain the House of Representatives from preventing him from participating in the committees of the House or accessing the legislative chambers to perform his legislative duties.

He also wants the House to pay him N1 billion in damages.

Justice John Tsoho fixed November 22 for hearing of the suit.

Earlier, Justice Tosho had struck out a suit filed by Jibrin, challenging his suspension from the House after his counsel Chukuma Nwachukwu asked for discontinuance.






     

     

    Kalu Onuoha, Counsel to the defendants, did not oppose the application, but asked that the court order Jibrin to pay a fine of N200,000 as the cost for the processes filed by the defendants.

    Justice Tsoho, however, declined the request of the defendants for a N200,000 cost, saying that the defendants were “strong institution and personality”.

    Recalled that Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano State, was suspended by the House of Representatives for 180 legislative days, following what the lawmakers described as Jibrin’s attempt to drag the integrity of the House of Representatives in the mud.

    Jibrin had, shortly after he was removed as House chairman on appropriation, made damning allegations against some principal officers of the House, claiming that Speaker Yakubu Dogara had made illegal insertions into the 2016 budget to the tune of over N4 billion.

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