How I collected N650 million illegal allowances – Jibrin

How I collected N650 million illegal allowances – Jibrin
August 28 06:34 2016

Former House of Representatives committee chairman on appropriation, Abdulmumuni Jibrin, has indicted himself in the ongoing corruption scandal in the House.

Jibrin, who issued a statement in Abuja on Saturday revealed that he was a beneficiary of an illegal allowance called “office maintenance” which the House leadership often use to swindle Nigerians.

Thus revelation is coming barely 24 hours after Jibrin alleged that Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara had shared N10 billion naira illegal allowances to himself and other principal officers, in the name of questionable allowances.

According to Jibrin, other principal officers  on the list are Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, N800 million; Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, N1.2 billion; his deputy, Buba Jibril, N1.2 billion; House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, N1.2 billion; and his deputy, Pally Iriase, N700 million.

The rest are Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, N1.2 billion, his deputy, Chukwuka Onyema: N800 million, Minority Whip, Yakubu Barde, N700 million and his deputy, Binta Bello, N700 million.

While exposing his own involvement in the illegal allowances saga,  Jibrin, however, said he regretted taking the the money.

He also promised to explain how the N650 million he collected was expended.

“I have records and account of how I spent every penny that I have taken. In fact, it has been published in a 150-page book,” Jibrin said. “However, I have never been comfortable with the money! Thank God the wasteful allowances regime has reached its Waterloo! The country and House will be better off!”

Jibrin had recently hit the limelight after he accused Dogara and other principal officers of falsifying 2016 budget figures, for personal gains.