Lawyers warn Dogara against moving against sacked House committee chair, Jibrin

The ongoing face-off between the Speaker of
the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara,
and a lawmaker from Kano State,
Abdulmumin Jibrin, has taken a new twist
with Mr. Jibrin’s lawyers writing the speaker
and other principal officers of the House,
warning them to desist from taking any
action their client.
The letter was written on Friday by
Mohammed Abdulhamid, Chukwuma
Nwachukwu and A.B Bako from Hammart &
Co., Doka Chambers and Law Bond Solicitors,
In their letter, a copy of which was distributed
by email late Friday, Mr. Jibrin’s attorneys
warned Mr. Dogara and three other
lawmakers to desist from forging ahead with
their alleged “subterranean and clandestine
efforts” against their client.
“We now have it on good authority that these
quartet acting in concert are at the moment
using some elements within the police to
monitor, harass, intimidate and hound our
client into an unwarranted detention with the
purpose of inhibiting his right to move freely
and to express himself as contained in
Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended); the
purpose of their antics is to upturn the
narrative and paint our client as the black
sheep in the flock, and cleverly presenting
themselves as transparent angels,” the letter
The lawyers said they uncovered plans by Mr.
Dogara to use police to harass Mr. Jibrin to
submission, adding that they had already
informed the Inspector General of the Police
of their findings.
“Accordingly, we have made appropriate
representations to the Inspector General of
Police and other relevant security agencies in
the country drawing their attention to this
unwarranted and ill-intentioned steps taken
by this quartet and not to allow themselves
(security agencies) to be used to execute the
personal objectives of this quartet; more so
appropriate legal action has been taken by
our client, as a law abiding citizen, to protect
his fundamental rights as guaranteed by our
laws,” the lawyers said.
They therefore, warned, advised Mr. Dogara
and the remaining lawmakers to refrain from
any actions that could bring the standing of
the House into disrepute, adding that they
should tread cautiously as authorities launch
investigation into the matter, during which
Mr. Jibrin would supply proofs for his
The letter followed Mr. Jibrin’s removal as the
chairman of House Committee on
Appropriation on Wednesday.
Mr. Dogara had in a statement he read on the
floor of the House on Wednesday said Mr.
Jibrin was removed because he abused his
position as the chair of Appropriation
Committee and smuggled line items into the
2016 Appropriation Bill.
On Thursday, Mr. Jibrin rejected that claim,
saying he stepped down from the position out
of his own volition.
He accused of Mr. Dogara of moving against
him because of his refusal to allow a massive
budget fraud.
Mr. Jibrin said the deputy speaker, Yusuf
Lasun, House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and
House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, were all in
connivance with Mr. Dogara and must step
down from office because they were equally
Mr. Jibrin said Messrs. Dogara, Lasun and
Ogor began plotting against him when he
thwarted their attempt to “allocate to
themselves 40 billion naira out of the 100
billion allocated to the entire National
Assembly.” And said he had proofs to back up
his claims.

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