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Budget padding: Judge returns Jibrin’s case file to CJ

Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Former Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday declined to hear the suit filed by a former Chairman, Appropriation Committee, House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, to stop an alleged plan to suspend him by the House.

Justice Abang, who is currently sitting as the court’s vacation judge, returned the file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for re-assignment to another judge at the resumption of the regular court in September.

The judge said since it would be impossible for him to conclude the case before the end of his tenure as vacation judge next week, the option left to him was to return the case file to the Chief Judge for re-assignment.

The defendants in the suit are the House of Representatives, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Yusuf Lasun (Deputy Speaker), Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Leo Ogor, Herman Hembe, Umar Mohammed Bago, Zakari Mohammed, Chike Okafor, Dan Asuquo, Jagaba Adams, Haliru Jika and Uzoma Abonta.

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