There Are Plans To Arrest Me, Abdulmumin Jubrin Alleges
The former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin yesterday accused the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara of planning to use police to arrest and detain him in order to pervert justice on allegations of padding of the 2016 budget.
The lawmaker who made the allegation in a press statement issued on his behalf by his lawyers, Messrs Hammart & CO, Law Bond Solicitors and Doka Chambers, warned the police and other security agencies not to allow themselves to be used to execute the personal objectives.
In the press statement, the lawyers alleged that they now have it on good authority that some persons were acting in concert at the moment, using some elements within the police to monitor, harass, intimidate and hound their client into an unwarranted detention with the purpose of inhibiting his right to move freely and to express himself as contained in Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
According to them, the purpose of their antics is to upturn the narrative and paint their client as the black sheep in the flock, and cleverly presenting themselves as transparent angels.
They statement made available at the Weekend noted: “Accordingly, we have made appropriate representations to the Inspector General of Police and other relevant security agencies in the Country drawing their attention to this unwarranted and ill intentioned steps taken by these quartet and not to allow themselves (security agencies) to be used to execute the personal objectives of these quartet; more so appropriate legal action has been taken by our client, as a law abiding citizen, to protect his fundamental rights as guaranteed by our laws.
“The above quartet have resorted to blackmail our Client into silence and to further harass his person and family using the instrument of the obstructive coercion and perversion of due process by deploying, albeit illegally some elements of the Nigeria Police.
“Finally, we hasten to advise Speaker Dogara and the 3 other principal officers mentioned here not to descend to the narrow aim of dragging the institution of the House of Representatives into their personal fight and to note that by virtue of the institution he leads and as a lawyer, he should act within the confines of the Rule of Law and allow the House of Representatives to institute a special investigation into this matter where our Client will have the opportunity earlier denied him by the quartet to testify and provide evidence against them BECAUSE he who comes to equity must come with clean hands”.