Former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Monday reacted to the accusation of operating a foreign bank account while serving as a federal lawmaker, saying it was the “latest assault” on his person.
In a response on his Twitter page, the lawmaker said the allegations lacked merit.
“The document is fake. I do not own such account or balance; neither do I have anything whatsoever to do with the said address at Essex”, he said.
A group, Anti-Corruption Unit, had released documents showing Mr. Jibrin’s operates an account with the ING Bank located at Forum House, Granville Street, St-Heller, Jersey JE2 4UF, in the Channel Islands, United Kingdom.
The documents further indicated that the account had the sum of £1.558million in it between June 1 and June 30, 2016.
“Jibrin’s ownership of foreign account contravenes the provisions of the 1999 Constitution which bar public officer from owning and operating foreign account”, the ACU said in an accompanying statement signed by its director, Ifeanyi Okonkwo.
The former appropriation committee chair, who initially refused to comment on the accusations when it was first made by the ACU on Sunday, came out on the offensive earlier today.
According to him, “This blackmail is part of a wider propaganda arranged by the desperate Speaker Dogara through his Deputy Chief of Staff Hon. CID Maduabum”.
Mr. Jibrin has been locked in a fierce political and media battle with Speaker Dogara for months.
He also vowed to pursue legal actions over the development.
“I will be reporting these hatchet men to the police and EFCC this morning and my lawyers are taking the necessary legal actions. Enough is enough!” he said.
The allegations came as the lawmakers are resuming plenary tomorrow after a two-month long recess.