Ousted Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmimin Jibrin, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari would have permanently banned the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa if he had an idea of the kind of person Dogara is.
He also listed the Deputy Speaker; Yusuf Lasun, Minority Leader; Leo Ogor, and Chief Whip of the lower chamber, Alhassan Doguwa, among those that should be banned from Aso Rock.
Jibrin, who has since last week been accusing the four leaders of the House of mind-boggling scandals, demanded in a statement issued on Monday that the Reps leadership should give room for investigation into the allegations leveled against them.
The statement reads, “Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his senior cabal namely Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and Minority leader Ogor have promoted corruption so badly in the house that if President Muhammadu Buhari, with his disdain for corruption and corrupt people, had the slightest idea, he would ban the QUARTET permanently from the villa before they eventually allow for proper and unbiased investigation by the house.
“Mr Speaker and Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun diverted millions of naira all in the name of paying for guest houses and official residence. The issue became so messy that the Deputy Speaker openly accused Hon Herma Hembe of shortchanging them of millions of naira in the deal to the shock of many Hon Members.
“Speaker Yakubu Dogara frequently abuses his office, amounting to conflict of interest by soliciting for inappropriate favours from agencies and multinational companies. He forced an agency to grant loans and a construction company blackmailed to do some work at his Asokoro ‘plot’.
“Speaker Yakubu Dogara has carefully designed a scheme to scam Hon Members through deduction from their salaries certain amount of money for a so called mortgage arrangement to build houses for members. He has been applying every underhand tactic to ensure Members agree to the deal.
“Speaker Yakubu Dogara has consistently refused members access to the financial dealings and internal budget of the House. He runs the financial management of the House like a cult, aided and abated by the Chairman House services Hon Babanlle Ila. It is no longer news that all over the House, Hon Members are aware of the monumental fraud perpetrated by Speaker Yakubu Dogara in this regard.
“We are even told that this is a child’s play compared to the mess and allegations of money laundering he left behind as Chairman house services in both the 6th and 7th Assembly. The EFCC should have something to start working with in respect to his tenure as Chairman House services if they properly dust their files.”