Ousted Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin on Thursday disclosed that he has provided relevant documents on how Speaker Yakubu Dogara uses conduit pipes to carry out massive corruption in the House.
Jibrin in a statement titled: “How powers of Appropriation is used to commit fraud or sabotage,” issued in Abuja, to counter Speaker Dogara’s presentation at the Civil Society Dialogue organized by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), also accused alleged that the Speaker in collaboration with the House Services Committee Chairman “spend money meant for the House in absolute secrecy.”
“Now that I have raised allegations backed with documents to show that the Quartet and their gang of few other corrupt committee Chairmen are responsible for the fraudulent insertions also known as padding in various versions of the 2016 budget and not me as they claim, corrupt Speaker Dogara shamelessly made a u-turn on a National TV and declared that such insertions do not constitute an offense.
“For Dogara and his cohorts, Padding is an offense only if Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin is the accused. Today, they went a disgraceful step further to threaten that the budget is already a law and therefore no offense can be committed in that regard. This is clearly a diversionary plan to mislead the public, avoid the anti-corruption agencies and buy time to cover up their dirty mess.
“For instance let’s say an item in a budget proposed by the executive under Power for the purchase of a transformer cost N2 million and same amount was budgeted. If the Chairman House Committee on power because he has the “powers” to appropriate decides to add N3 million to jack up the allocation to N5 million when it is a public knowledge that the transformer cannot cost more than 2 million naira, what do you call that? That essentially means Appropriation fraud!
“And such chairman is a fraudster, a common criminal. On the other hand, let’s say he decides to irrationally reduce the amount to 500,000 thousand naira knowing fully well that, the said amount cannot buy the transformer, what do you call that? Appropriation sabotage and such a chairman is a Saboteur. I have no apology for saying this! Little by little, I will be providing more in-depth details.
“I challenge Speaker Dogara and his corrupt cabal to a public debate on their claim that the fraudulent insertions they made in the budget is not an offense that can be prosecuted under the laws of Nigeria. Rather than continue their futile effort to blackmail the entire country or continue their begging mission to the Party, Transparency and Integrity Group, Speaker Dogara and his gang of thieves should submit themselves to the anti-corruption agencies and answer thousands of questions waiting for them.
“I am pretty sure not even the two Governors and three former House members backing them can help them evade the anti-corruption agencies. It is pertinent to note that beyond the budget issue, there are tens of other criminal allegations I have raised against Speaker Dogara and the 12 others, none of which they have responded to. Speaker Dogara, Lasun and Doguwa are already a baggage that the APC should off load! Same for Minority leader, Leo Ogar to the PDP,” he canvassed.
Speaking further, Jibrin gave vivid account on how the Speaker and his allies inserted about N20 billion in the Service Wide Vote using the name of the National Assembly.
“Just to bring you up to date, I have forwarded to the anti corruption agencies documents showing how Speaker Dogara and the 3 others allocated the N40 Billion they stole from 100 billion for constituency project, how they inserted about N20 billion of wasteful projects, how they cornered the entire 20% of inputs reserved for the house after the harmonization exercise, attempts to force in about N30 billion of wasteful projects into the budget, attempt to force me to introduce a strange line item and insert about N20 billion in the service wide vote using the name of NASS, Evidence showing that indeed about 10 standing committees of the house made about 2000 insertions in budget worth about N284 billion and indeed reports of 6 standing committees showing massive movement of money with clear intent to commit fraud.
“I have also commenced providing the anti corruption agencies clue on how investigative hearings in the house under Speaker Dogara are used as conduit pipes to carry out massive corruption and how the house services committee chairman and the Speaker runs and spend money meant for the House in absolute secrecy.
“I will continue to cooperate with the anti-corruption agencies and guide them on how to crack the code of corruption that has assumed a monumental proportion under the very corrupt Speaker Dogara.
“It is sad that some civil society are now providing platforms for the disgraced Speaker and his group of corrupt 12 to embark on an expensive image laundry where millions of stolen money will be invested.
“It is however not surprising why some people call Nigeria a banana republic otherwise how can you explain the temerity of Speaker Dogara who has maintained silence in the face of such criminal allegations against him, yet has the courage, driving around in siren blaring convoy, step up on podiums, addressed as Speaker and talk, even talk about budget, budget!!!
“I cry for Nigeria…so long as we continue to respect corrupt people so shall our country continue to relapse,” Jibrin said in the statement