Courts Voids House of Reps. Suspension of Jubrin, Declares it Illegal

The suspension of Abdulmumin Jibrin by the House of Representatives, a member from Kano state for 180-legislative-day, has been voided and declared illegal by a Federal High Court in Abuja, Thursdsy.
His suspension on September 28, 2016, was informed when the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, accused leadership of the House of budget padding.
Delivering judgment in the suit filed by Jibrin to challenge the sanction imposed on him, Justice John Tsoho, declared the suspension of the legislator as unconstitutional and ordered the lower legislative chamber to pay him all the salary due to him for the period he was unjustly suspended.
“The suspension was an interruption of his earning which will be automatically restored especially when it has been decided that the action was a nullity by virtue of granting prayers 1 and 3 of the originating summons.
“When an action is declared nullity it is deemed that it never happened.”
Although Jibrin had since resumed his legislative duties, he was unrelenting in prosecuting his fundamental human rights enforcement suit, challenging his suspension.
His suspension was a fallout of his campaign which began in July 2016 demanding the removal of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the House over allegation that they padded the 2016 budget to the tune of N40bn.
He had reported the alleged corrupt act to the various law enforcement agenciese including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission and the police.
The House of Representatives considered this “a campaign of calumny against the House and its leaders” for which he was suspended for 180 legislative days.
But ruling on Thursday, Justice Tsoho agreed with Jibrin’s lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), in holding that the lawmakers’ act was an unlawful one, and suspending him because of it was an attempt to gag him.
“There is no better conclusion that the plaintiff was carrying out the mandate imposed on members by Chapter 7 (7.5) of the Code of Conduct for Honourable Members adopted on November 4, 2004,” the Judge held.

Author: News Editor

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