By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
A member of the Federal House of Representatives and former Chairman of House Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has denied owning a bank account in the United Kingdom, saying the allegation forms part of the “latest assault” on his person.
Reacting to the allegation in a post on his Twitter page on Monday morning, Mr. Jibrin said the allegations had no merit, adding “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.”
A group, Anti-Corruption Unit, had maintained that Jibrin maintains an account balance in the UK worth over £1.5m stashed in Channel Islands.
In his reaction, Jibrin also alleged a link between the allegations and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, with whom he had been locked in a fierce political and media battle for months.
“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 said.
According to him, “Ahead of resumption of the House, they are back at work to divert attention from the allegations of budget fraud and corruption against Speaker Dogara The plan is to creat credibility problem for me as I prepare to release more revelations of corruption by Dogara that will send shock down the spines of Nigerians. “