- A Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified the suspension of a former chairman of the house committee on appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin
- Jibrin who has served the suspension and rejoined his colleagues challenged the decision after his suspension
- Justice John Tsoho declared the suspension of the legislator as unconstitutional, holding that it violated Jibrin’s freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, May 24, cancelled the 180-legislative-day suspension imposed by the House of representatives on a former chairman of the house committee on appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on September 28.
Delivering judgment in the suit filed by Jibrin to challenge the sanction imposed on him, Justice John Tsoho declared the suspension of the legislator as unconstitutional, holding that it violated Jibrin’s freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution, Channels TV reports.
Justice Tsoho: “The suspension was an interruption of his earning which will be automatically restored especially when it has been decided that the action was a nullity by virtue of granting prayers 1 and 3 of the originating summons. When an action is declared nullity it is deemed that it never happened.”
Jibrin had been suspended after he repeatedly accused the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget with billions of naira, a claim they all denied.
Starting from July 2016, Jibrin had called for the removal of the principal officers and sent petitions against them to law enforcement agencies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Justice Tsoho, however, saw things differently and agreed with Jibrin’s lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) that his suspension was an attempt to gag him.
The judge said, “There is no better conclusion that the plaintiff was carrying out the mandate imposed on members by Chapter 7 (7.5) of the Code of Conduct for Honourable Members adopted on November 4, 2004.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Abdulmumin Jibrin was suspended by the Federal House of Representatives for 180 legislative days.
House of Reps seats three days in a week this subsequently means that his suspension would continue for more than a year.
Jibrin will also not be able to hold any position of responsibility for the span of the current National Assembly.
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