A senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has faulted the move by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate Abdulmumin Jibrin for alleged breach. Falana, who says Jibrin is his client, said such investigation contravenes standing rules of the lower legislature.
“As you are no doubt aware, the decision of the House to cause the committee to investigate our client by the Committee on Ethics and Privileges contravenes order 9 rule 5 of the Standing Order of the House of Representatives.”
The rule provides that “Reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending, in such a way as might, in the Speaker’s opinion, prejudice the interest of parties thereto,” Falana said in his letter to the House of Representatives.
Jibrin is accused of breaching members privileges over allegation that the 2016 budget was corrupted by four principal officers of the House of Representatives. The lawmaker alleged Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuff Lasun, Minority Leader Leo Ogor and the Chief Whip Doguwa padded the budget.