Protesters storm NASS, want Jibrin suspended, prosecuted

Members of National Youth Council of Nigeria, during a protest demanding the suspension of former chairman, House Committee of Appropriation, Honourable Abdulmumin Jubrin, in Abuja, on Wednesday. photo: Sunday Osunrayi.

Protesters in their numbers coordinated by a civil society group, Coalition of Defence of Democracy (CDD), on Wednesday, stormed the National Assembly to demand for the suspension and prosecution of former chairman, House committee on Appropriation, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin.

The CDD, led by Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere, in company of scores of protesters with banners said that the former House chairman, should be dealt with for bringing the House to disrepute.

Inscriptions on the posters reads: “NASS sanction Jibrin for bringing the House to disrepute; Jibrin is not fit to be a member of the House of Representatives, EFCC prosecute Jibrin for operating foreign account…”

In a prepared speech, convener of the coalition, Mr Ugochinyere noted that, “We are committed to reforms in the National Assembly to give it a true face Nigerians expect of it. Hence, we are committed to supporting the advocacy for open NASS and also bridging the communication gap between the National Assembly and the people.”

According to him, “This dastardly plot to destabilise the parliament is real. It aims at discrediting the parliament to enable them force a leadership change to suit the whims and caprices of those external forces who could not win on the floor of the parliament, who are now using Jibrin to continue a battle in which they were roundly defeated.