- A petitioner Ifeanyi Okonkwo has accused the suspended House of Representative member Abdulmumin Jibrin of operating foreign accounts
- The petitioner said the accounts - five of them - were opened when Jibrin was a member of the House of Representative
- The act, the petitioner said is in violation of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Section 7 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act
The suspended member of the House of Representative Abdulmumin Jibrin has been accused of operating five foreign accounts.
A fresh petition against the lawmaker by the Anti-corruption Unit of the National Youth Council said Jibrin allegedly opened and operated the foreign accounts while serving as a member of the House.
The address used in opening the accounts was named as 81, Cotswold Gardens, London, NW2, 1PE.
The accounts are “Barclays Bank International Account, SC 204744 AC 33471268; Barclays Bank Reserve Account, SC 204744 AC 43707164; Barclays Mortgage Account, SC 204744 AC 94030664; Barclays Bank Euro Currency Account, SC 204744 AC 52339433; and Barclays USD Currency Account, SC 204744 AC 74521222.”
The council also provided details of the five foreign bank accounts said to be owned by Jibrin.
These accounts ownership, the council, said is in violation of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Section 7 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, which “prohibits public officers from maintaining or operating accounts in any country outside Nigeria.”
The petition which was addressed to the speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara and presented to the chairman of the House Committee on Ethics/ Privileges Nicholas Ossai was submitted on Monday, December 5.
Also copied in the petition were the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation; the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; and the Code of Conduct Bureau.
The petition demanded the prosecution of the House of Representative whistle-blower.
However, in his response to the allegation levelled on him by the council, Jibrin has said that the unit led by its coordinator Ifeanyi Okonkwo is spreading lies.
Jibrin had earlier accused the leadership of the House of running a campaign of calumny.
He also accused Speaker Dogara and three others of padding the nation’s budget by over N40 billion.
In addition to the accounts, the group produced Jibrin’s asset declaration form, wherein he wrote to the CCB that he owned only one four-bedroomed bungalow in Kaduna, which he bought in 2008 at the price of N150m.
The lawmaker also filled in the form that he owned only one car, did not own a farm, undeveloped plot, ranch or factory.