The stone throwing between the House of Representatives and its former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, appears not over. The lower legislative chamber said Jibrin fled United Kingdom (UK) to avoid being arrested by anti-graft agencies on his trail for alleged criminal activities.
Jibrin who spent two months in the UK, has promptly denied the allegation, saying he returned to Nigeria on the invitation of one of the anti-graft agencies.
Chairman of the House committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Herman Hembe, however alleged that Jibrin was on the run because security agencies were after him in the UK.
The lawmaker who had a running battle with Jibrin since the budget padding allegations threatened that there will be “no hiding place for Jibrin”.
“I understand that the suspended Abdulmumin Jibrin has fled back to Nigeria after report of his ownership of five foreign accounts in Backlays Bank and property located at No. 81, Cotswold Gardens, London, NW2, 1PE in London was published.
“I wish to remind Jibrin that there is no longer hiding place for criminals.
“He fled to UK after getting hint that anti-graft agencies in Nigeria were investigating him in order to avoid arrest and prosecution”
” Having realised that even in the UK, the National Crime Agency and the Financial Intelligence Unit have already profiled him and may soon open a case against him; he quietly sneaked back to Nigeria.
“His days of freedom are numbered and sooner rather than later he will face the full wrath of the law”, he said.
Jibrin had last month fled the country over an alleged attempt to assassinate him and kidnap his family because of his anti-corruption crusade against the leadership of the House of Representatives and reportedly vowed not to return to the country until his safety was guaranteed.
The House also passed a resolution in November mandating it’s committee on Ethics and Privileges to summon Jibrin to respond to allegations of ownership of foreign accounts.
In his reaction, Jibrin in a statement explained that he was in the country at the invitation of one of the anti-graft agencies.
“I returned to the country on the invitation of one of the anti graft agencies who needed additional information from me as they were finalising investigation and ready to arraign Hembe and few others.
“I visited the agency and provided what they required and signed to stand witness”
“Hembe is obviously aware of this fact and has been panicky and running helter-skelter including trying to get the Speaker to intervene and save him.
“I travelled peacefully from the Nnamdi Azikwe airport Abuja and landed at Heathrow Airport and same on my way back.
“I also enjoyed my stay in London and other part of Europe catching up with my vast international network, delivering lectures and granting interviews.
“I have responded to the lame allegations and my response are in the public glare,”Jibrin said.