Reports reaching urban express news reveals now that
department of state security
service had on Saturday sealed the secretariat of the House Committee on
This closure comes in the hills
of the latest development in the ongoing
political and media war between the Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Yakubu Dogara, and a lawmaker from Kano State, Abdulmumin Jibrin, over alleged
manipulation of line items and figures in the 2016 Appropriation Bill.
Mr. Jibrin began working to oust
Mr. Dogara from office a day after the Speaker announced his removal as
chairman of Appropriation Committee on allegations that he committed serial
betrayal of trust.
urban express learnt that states service officials stormed the secretariat, which
serves as offices for the 40-member appropriation committee and its staff, and
immediately placed it under lock and key.
The sources said the SSS also
sealed Mr. Jibrin’s office at Room 1.05 in the New House of Representatives
The development followed Mr.
Jibrin’s statement on Thursday that Mr. Dogara ordered removal of working
activities from the Appropriation
Committee Secretariat and allegedly attempted to break into his office.
Mr. Jibrin had reportedly visited
the SSS Headquarters on Friday to brief the agency about the budget padding
scandal rocking the House. He also call
on EFCC and ICPC to commence investigation into the crisis with a view
to prosecuting those involved.
Efforts to reach the spokesperson
of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, were unsuccessful as his
phone was switched off