Jibrin Files Fresh Suit Against Reps, Seeks N1bn Damages

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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 shortly after he withdrew the one from August 9 challenging plans to stop his suspension.

The former chairman is seeking N1billion as damages for his suspension, a suit which he filed at the Federal High Court Abuja on Friday.

He had made damning allegations against the Speaker, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, his Deputy, Yussuf Lasun; Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; and nine other members, accusing them 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 has 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 a 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In the withdrawn suit, Jibril had attempted to stop the alleged plan by Dogara, Lasun and other principal officers to suspend him.

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