Jibrin slams N1bn suit against Reps over suspension



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Former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has filed a fresh suit against the leadership of the House.

Jibrin filed the suit at the Federal High Abuja on Friday shortly after he withdrew the one of August 9 challenging plans to stop his suspension.

The former chairman of appropriation committee is seeking N1bn as damages for his suspension.

Jibrin had accused the Speaker, Rep. Yakubu Dogara; his Deputy, Yussuf Lasun; Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; and nine other members of padding the 2016 budget.

Jibrin, in the fresh suit, urged the court to declare his suspension as a violation of his fundamental human right to freedom of expression.

He prayed the court to declare that the resolution passed by the House of Representatives suspending him was in breach of Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

He asked the court to restrain the House of Representatives from preventing him from participating in the committees of the House or accessing the legislative chambers to perform his legislative duties.

Justice John Tsoho fixed November 22 for hearing of the suit.

Earlier, Tosho had struck out a suit filed by Jibrin, challenging his suspension from the House after his counsel, Chukuma Nwachukwu, asked for discontinuance.

In the withdrawn suit, Jibril had attempted to stop the alleged plan by Dogara, Lasun and other principal officers to suspend him.

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