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A federal lawmaker and former chairman House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, who was suspended last week from participating in the activities of the House, had demanded that the minister of finance, the accountant general of the federation, the attorney general of the federation and the clerk of the National Assembly halt payment of running costs to members of the House of Representatives until the House allows for a transparent investigation of individual and systemic corruption allegations in collaboration with ongoing external investigations by the police and anti-graft agencies.

The suspended Rep member stated that as an insider, he knows that most of such monies have been and are being diverted into private pockets. He also alleged that the reason the attempt by the House to probe a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke, proved abortive was because a senior member of the House frustrated the investigation.

To prove these allegations, the federal lawmaker stated that, he had begun forwarding names of members in batches to anti-graft agencies with details of misappropriation. He further stated that he is prepared to face the harshest punishment if his allegations are false.

The chief whip of the House, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa has dismissed the allegations of Jibrin with a wave of the hand. He described these allegations as ‘rubbish’ and stated that the suspension of the lawmaker serves him right and the House is not surprised at Jibrin’s reaction.

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