… Jubrin a drowning man – Speaker
A member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jubrin, on Monday accused the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, of perpetrating financial fraud on behalf of entire members of the House.
Jibrin, who was sacked by Dogara as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, said the magnitude of corruption perpetrated by Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun, Chief Whip, Hassan Ado Doguwa and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, is in contrast to the anti-corruption position of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He asked Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the Speaker and the other three principal officers of the House for financial fraud.
In a statement issued on Monday, Jibrin alleged that the Speaker is running the finances of the House like his personal estate.
He said: “Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his senior cabal namely – Deputy Speaker of the House, Yussuff Lasun, Whip Ado Doguwa and the Minority leader, Leo Ogor had promoted corruption so badly in the House that if President Muhammadu Buhari with his disdain for corruption and corrupt people have the slightest idea, he will ban the quartet permanently from the Villa before they eventually allow for proper and unbiased investigation by the House.
“Mr. Speaker and Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun diverted millions of naira all in the name of paying for guest houses and official residence.
“The issue became so messy that the Deputy Speaker openly accused Hon. Herma Hembe of short changing them of millions of naira in the deal to the shock of many honourable members of the House.
“Speaker Yakubu Dogara abuses his office by soliciting for inappropriate favours from agencies and multinational companies.
“He forced an agency to grant loans and a construction company was blackmailed to do some work at his Asokoro plot.”
“Speaker Yakubu Dogara has carefully designed a scheme to scam members of the House through deduction from their salaries certain amount of money for a so called mortgage arrangements to build houses for members.
“He has been applying every under hand tactics to ensure members agree to the deal.
“Speaker Yakubu Dogara has consistently refused members access to the financial dealings and internal budget of the House. He runs the financial management of the House like a cult aided and abated by the Chairman House Services. Hon. Babanlle Ila.”
Meanwhile, Dogara has denied allegations of corruption leveled against him by the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker said the allegations were all lies, describing Jibrin as a drowning man.
The statement said, “These are all lies and desperate attempts of a drowning man to clutch unto anything having found that all his frivolous allegations do not disclose any element of corruption or wrongdoing against Mr. Speaker.” The Nation