BUDGET PADDING: Jibrin Abdulmumin seeks court protection to avoid arrest, but what happened will shock you

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Embattled chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Jibrin Abdulmumin, who leveled allegations of budget inflating, has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an injunction to restrain the Nigerian Police from arresting him.

The respondents in the suit are the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police (FCT), Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Hon. Leo Ogor and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

The lawmaker had given the impression in his tweets and statements that he enjoyed the cooperation of the police over the allegations against Dogara and others.

But Abdulmumin said in the suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja number: FHC/ABJ/CS/595 that there had been a police siege at his house and that up to the time of filing the suit on August 9, 2016: martial law was still in effect.

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The affidavit sworn on his behalf by his legislative assistant, Mr. Bashir Bello, said this was “an attempt to unlawfully arrest him and achieve their predetermined objective of tampering with his basic human rights.”

Abdulmumin accused the police in the lawsuit of intending to “arrest him and also take him out of circulation and thus lay hands on the said documents and destroy the evidence therein, and prevent their role in the budget issue would leak. .”

The embattled lawmaker also sued Dogara, the House clerk and others in a separate lawsuit to stop the House of Representatives from suspending him.

Others named in the suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja on August 9, 2016 include the Lasun, Doguwa, Ogor and the eight standing committee chairmen. House will resume its summer recess on September 13, 2016.

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Abdulmumini in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/595, said Dogara and others had perfected plans to secure his indefinite suspension from the House of Representatives, following his petition to the EFCC, ICPC and the police.

“That if Plaintiff's reliefs are not granted, Plaintiff would be suspended from serving as a member of the House of Representatives and this would prejudice him and thousands of his constituents who depend on him to give them proper representation in the Federal Legislature , cause serious harm. ” his statement read.

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