Group wants Jibrin investigated over alleged falsification of assets declaration

The anti- corruption unit of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, on Monday, raised the alarm that the former chairman House of Representatives, Appropriation Committee, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibirin should be investigated for allegedly filling wrong information in his asset declaration form with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB).

The group also accused the lawmaker who was suspended by the House recently for operating foreign accounts.

Addressing newsmen  in Abuja on Monday, the  coordinator of the group, Mr Ifeanyi Okonkwo  claimed that from its investigation,  Jibrin owned at least five accounts with Barclays Bank of London alone comprising  a euro account, dollar account, mortgage account, reserve account and international accounts.

Okonkwo said that a petition had already been submitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Code of Conduct Bureau, office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the National Assembly and Federal Ministry of Justice among others on the findings of the group and the urgent need to investigate the lawmaker.

Mr Okonkwo who presented a copy of the petition to chairman, House committee on Ethics and Privileges, Honourable Nicholas Ossai said that the House should act on his petition.

According to him, “We have also obtained among many other Code of Conduct Bureau assets declaration forms of several other Nigerians we are investigating that of  Abdulmumin Jibrin which he deposed to at the FCT High Court.

“It was revealed that Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin declared he owns only one house, a 4-bedroom bungalow in Kaduna which he bought in 2008 for one hundred and fifty million, furniture of two million five hundred, one car which he also claims in the form that he does not have any vacant undeveloped plot of land, does not own a farm, orchard or ranch, factory or other enterprise and he also perjured in his deposition that he does not own a foreign account,” he stated.

The group also raised questions on some properties allegedly traced to Honourable Jibrin.

To this end, the group called on the chairman of Code of Conduct Bureau to immediately refer Honourable Jibrin to the Code of Conduct Tribunal for immediate trial and bar him from holding public office for life.

He also called on the Chairman of EFCC to promptly act on the petition already submitted to him and prosecute Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice was also asked by the group to ensure that there “is prompt and immediate prosecution of Honourable Jibrin for perjury as his disposition in his Code of Conduct Bureau Asset declaration form are to his knowledge not true reflection of the facts known to him.”