By Maxwell Adeleye
The House of Representatives on Wednesday suspended Abdulmumin Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano at the centre of the unfolding budget padding scandal, for 180 legislative days.
The House seats three days in a week and this consequently means that Mr. Jibrin’s suspension would last more than a year.
In a motion recommended by House Ethics Committee chairman, Nicholas Ossai, and adopted by the whole House, Mr. Jibrin will also not be able to hold any position of responsibility for the span of the current National Assembly.
The House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara had announced the removal of Jibrin as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation in a speech he read in plenary on July 20, alleging budget fraud and serial betrayal of trust.