By Emman Ovuakporie and Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA-APPARENTLY acting on the outcome of the House directive on suspended former Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmunin Jibrin, National Assembly Management yesterday, sealed his office.
The Ethics and Privileges committee that tried Jibrin for breaching House Rules had recommended that he should be suspended for 180 days and the report was adopted on Wednesday.
When contacted on why such a haste on the part of management, Spokesman of the House, Rep Abdulrazaq Namdas, APC, Adamawa, simply said “management did the right thing’.
“There is no haste there because if a judge finds you guilty you are not given the luxury of time to do otherwise”.
On whether the action by the House would not amount to contempt of court, Namdas said “it is not because of the action of the House Jibrin went to court, the action of the House is laced around the collective breach of our privileges by Jibrin”.
“He (Jibrin) did not go to court because of the action of our committee but what the committee did was to suspend him for his action against our collective privileges”.
“And let me quickly remind you that Jibrin has not formally submitted any petition against anybody to the House till date”.
“What he did is to go outside NASS to submit petitions and mind you his petition is built around the quartet of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Whip and the Minority Leader.
“His case has no relationship with the entire House but in the case of his suspension, he was suspended for violating our collective privileges as enunciated in our House Rules”.
Asked whether if Jibrin apologises the House could have a re-think, Namdas said “well that is left for the committee to decide not us”.