Following alleged threat he recently received from some lawmakers he accused of corruption, the suspended member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has vowed never to return to Nigeria unless his safety is guaranteed.
Recall that Jibrin left Nigeria for London last week to receive an award and take his anti-corruption campaign to international community.
Jibrin who made the statement during an interview aired on the London based Ben TV, on Monday, said a cabal in the House allegedly led by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, the Chief Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, are using Herma Hembe to threaten him and members of his family.
He said the initial silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter was a blessing in disguise because if the President had spoken much earlier he would have been accused of using him to fight the House leadership.
He however said that “the situation currently at hand is different from the initial stage of the crisis”, adding that “the silence of the Presidency is no longer sending the right message to Nigerians and the international community.”
Jibrin also revealed that he recently wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking audience to brief him about the monumental fraud in the 2016 budget, individual and systemic corruption in the House.
He said his letter also included some vital information on how to check corruption in the house, fraud in budget process and reform the House for the good of the country.
He revealed that over 2,000 fraudulent projects worth over N284 billion were inserted into 2016 budget, saying such fraud never happened in the history of the Nigerian legislature.
He further exonerated himself of any wrongdoing in the appropriation process, saying he had been in the House for five years and had never abused his office or corruptly enriched himself.
Meanwhile, Rep. Herman Hembe (APC-Benue), in a reaction said that Jibrin’s allegation that his life was under threat was laughable, adding that he fled to the United Kingdom to avoid prosecution.
Hembe said: “my attention has been drawn to a statement issued by the suspended member Abdulmumin Jibrin who has fled to United Kingdom.
“Jibrin’s allegation that his life is under threat is laughable.
“I understand that the anti-graft agencies are closing in on him with their investigation into his past deeds.
“He might have got the hint of his possible prosecution and decided to flee while raising false alarm.
“May I remind him that no matter where he goes justice will surely catch up with him as there is no hiding place for criminals in our today’s world,”Hembe said.