Budget Padding: Dogara threatens to sue Jibrin

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has given a seven day ultimatum to Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin to retract allegations made against him or face legal action.


Jibrin, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Kano State, had claimed in a statement that he was being victimised by the Speaker because he objected to a request Dogara made that he (Jibrin) should allocate projects worth N40bn to him in the 2016 budget

But in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs  to the Speaker, Mr. Turaki Hassan,  said the demand was contained in  a letter written and addressed to Jibrin by counsel for Dogara, Professor Joash Ojo Amupitan (SAN) & Co. It was signed By Professor Joash Amupitan, SAN, who is the Principal Partner of the firm.

The letter, entitled, ‘REQUEST FOR A RETRACTION AND AN APOLOGY OF A LIBELOUS PRESS declaration ISSUED with the aid of YOU ON MONDAY twenty fifth JULY, 2016’, referred to that the claims of the previous Appropriations chairman, who become removed for padding the finances and different actions that the speaker is corrupt and abuses his workplace is geared toward tarnishing his picture at domestic and abroad and is a clear case of libel.

The letter study in component, “We act as solicitors to Rt Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of house of Representatives of three Arm sector national assembly complicated, Abuja, herein after called “our purchaser” and on whose commands we write this letter to you.


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“the attention of our consumer has been drawn to a libelous press announcement you issued on Monday 25th July 2016 which was made available to contributors of the click (print and digital media) titled “THE CORRUPT SPEAKER YAKUBU DOGARA AND HIS 3-guy CABAL”.

“within the stated booklet, you published phrases to the subsequent impact concerning our client and 3 different primary contributors of the residence of Representatives-

“Honourable colleagues and fellow Nigerians, I desire to make further revelations.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his senior cabal namely Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and Minority leader Ogor has (sic) promoted corruption so badly inside the house that if President Muhammadu Buhari with his disdain for corruption and corrupt people have the slightest concept, he’s going to ban the QUARTET completely from the Villa before they eventually permit for correct and impartial research by the house.

Mr Speaker and Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun diverted millions of Naira all in the name of paying for guest houses and respectable residence. The problem have become so messy that the Deputy Speaker openly accused Hon Herman Hembe of brief converting them of millions of naira inside the deal to the shock of many Hon contributors.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara frequently abuse his workplace amounting to struggle of interest through soliciting for beside the point favours from businesses and Multinational businesses. He forced an employer to supply loans and a construction agency blackmailed to perform a little work at his Asokoro ‘plot’

Speaker Yakubu Dogara has carefully designed a scheme to scam Hon contributors through deduction from their salaries positive sum of money for a so called mortgage association to construct homes for members. He has been making use of every beneath hand tactics to ensure members comply with the deal.

“Speaker Yakubu Dogara has always refused contributors get right of entry to to the economic dealings and inner finances of the house. He runs the monetary management of the house like a cult aided and abated through the Chairman residence offerings Hon Babanlle Ila. It’s far not news that all over the house, Hon participants are privy to the huge fraud perpetrated by using Speaker Yakubu Dogara in this regard.

We’re even informed that that is a toddler’s play as compared to the mess and allegations of money laundering he left behind as Chairman residence offerings in both the sixth and seventh assembly. The EFCC ought to have something to begin running with in respect to his tenure as Chairman house offerings in the event that they nicely dust their files.”

“those contributors of the frame of major officers had been not secure with my impartial disposition and my refusal to cover up their unilateral decision to allocate to themselves N40bn out of the N100bn allotted to the complete country wide assembly.

The four of them met and took that decision, in addition to billions of wasteful projects running to over 20bn, they allotted to their constituencies. They ought to come out easy. My incapacity to admit into the finances nearly 30bn personal requests from Mr. Speaker and the 3 different fundamental officials, additionally became an difficulty.”

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