Jibrin in more mess, as 5 more illegal foreign accounts are unearthed
- Asset declaration form revealed
By Haruna Musa, Abuja
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has once again taken the embattled former House Committee chairman on appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin to the cleaners accusing him of operating illegally, foreign accounts in contravention of the nation’s laws.
The anti-corruption unit of the council in a press statement, a copy of which AljazirahNigeria has noted that the action equally violated the stipulations of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal about the actions of public office holders in the country.
It called on the immediate investigations and prosecution of the lawmaker, who has since relocated abroad ever since his onslaught on the National Assembly.
It would be recalled that Jibrin had rifled the hornets’ nest when he had accused a cartel of principal officers led by Speaker Yakubu Dogara of corruptly tinkering with the budget details to acquire illegal wealth.
Dogara had consistently denied the allegation, an action which had led to more verbal attacks by Jibrin.
The House had subsequently suspended the erstwhile appropriations chairman.
Not done, Jibrin had relocated abroad to continue his attacks on the Parliament, the latest of which was his appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari not to keep quiet on the allegations of graft he had made in recent months.
But the NYCN in its summation said Jibrin was the corrupt one going by documents in its possession, some of which was released to AljazirahNigeria.
Its coordinator, Ifeanyi Okonkwo said the council had uncovered several Foreign Bank accounts still being operated by Hon. Jibrin in the Barclays Bank, United Kingdom.
These accounts it said include: Barclays Bank International Account – SC 204744 AC 33471268 Barclays Bank Reserve Account – SC 204744 AC 43707164 Barclays Bank Mortgage Account – SC 204744 AC 94030664 Barclays Bank Euro Currency Account – SC 204744 AC 52339433 Barclays Bank USD Currency Account – SC 204744 AC 74521222
“The Address used in opening the accounts is 81 Cotswold Gardens, London, NW2 1PE,’’ Okonkwo said inter alia.
When contacted Friday by 10 am, via his mobile phone line, Jibrin (or whoever held the phone) cut calls put through by the reporter.
He also did not respond to a subsequent text message sent to seek his reaction to the current allegations of impropriety.
Meanwhile, NYCN insists that during its work, its graft unit had obtained among many other Code of Conduct Bureau Assets Declaration Forms of several other Nigerians, including that of Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin which he deposed to at the FCT High Court on 8th June, 2015.
“From the copy of the form, it was revealed that Hon. Abdumumin Jibrin declared he owns only one house, a 4-bedroom bungalow in Kaduna which he bought in 2008 for One Hundred and Fifty Million (N150, 000, 000:00) Naira only, furniture of Two Million Five Hundred (N2, 500, 000:00) Naira only for the 150, 000, 000:00 house, one car which he also bought in the same 2008 for Fifteen Million (N15, 000, 000:00) Naira only, while he also claims in the form that he does not have any vacant undeveloped plot of land, does not own a farm, orchard or ranch, factory or other enterprise and He also perjured in his deposition that he does not own a foreign account. The same Hon. Jibrin Nigerians know in Abuja living in affluence is the same one creating a Spartan image for himself. How fraudulent?
“As you can see, Hon. Jibrin set out to deceive the Code of Conduct Bureau and in the process made depositions he knew at the time of making them not to be true. The account numbers we published in our petitions to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and other agencies is along with the Sort Codes for the account and all the accounts have one owners address.’’
He alleged that Jibrin owned at least five accounts with Barclays Bank alone with a Euro Account, Dollar Account, Mortgage account, Reserve account and International account.
“All the accounts are functional and he uses them all while still serving as a member of the House of Representatives and having not declared their existence to the relevant authorities.’’
AljazirahNigeria reports that the Fifth schedule, Paragraph 3 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides the list of category of public officers who shall not maintain or operate a bank account in any country outside Nigeria and that list includes members of the National Assembly.
Also Section 7 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act provides thus: “Any public officer specified in the Second Schedule to this Act or any other persons as the President may, from time to time, by order prescribe, shall not maintain or operate a bank account in any country outside Nigeria”.
The second schedule in paragraph 3 lists “The President and Deputy President of the Senate, Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the House of Representatives and of the Houses of Assembly of States, and all members and staff of Legislative Houses.”
The NYCN goes on more offensive
The NYCN called on the Speaker and the House to publicly investigate the fresh evidence of corruption and pass a resolution and declare the seat of Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin vacant. This it said should not deter the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to invite the lawmaker.
“In the coming days, we shall be revealing the discoveries we have made of other similarly corrupt Nigerians in high places and also make the call once again to our anti-corruption partners to continue to avail us with information as they have been doing as we continue to expose this corruption in our country,’’ the NYCN said.
Asset form published below