The House of Representatives on Tuesday ended the suspension of one of its members, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who represents Kiru/Bebejio federal constituency of Kano state.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Honourable Yakubu Dogara, who communicated the decision to the lawmakers at plenary, said Hon. Jibrin had apologised for his actions to the lower chamber via a written letter.
The Speaker also added that the suspended lawmaker has fulfilled all necessary conditions from him to return to the house as an active member.
“He has fulfilled all the conditions by writing this letter and so he is free to resume his legislative duties whenever he wants, if he so wishes,” said Hon. Dogara.
However, Speaker Dogara did not read the full content of Hon. Jibrin’s letter.
Recall that Hon. Jibrin was suspended in September 2016 for 180 legislative days after he accused the principal officers of the House, including Speaker Dogara, of inflating the budget in the infamous “budget padding” scandal.
The House committee on Ethics and Privileges recommended his suspension after they found him guilty of violating House standing rules by petitioning the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an internal House matter.
However, his suspension lasted more than 180 legislative days as the House leadership failed to recall him back after the lapse of the date.
Jibrin had approached the court to challenge his suspension and called on prominent Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene on his behalf and ask the House leadership to rescind its decision.