The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed October 21, 2016, for hearing of Abdulmumin Jibrin’s case against the House of Representatives.
Jibrin, through his lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Abdulhamid, told Justice James Tsoho that the House over-stepped, when it suspended the lawmaker, despite an existing court order.
The former Chairman of the House appropriations committee was suspended from the Green Chamber for 180 legislative days in September 2016.
In his reaction, Femi Falana described Jibrin’s suspension as illegal.
The lawyer said “It is the height of contempt. It is a primitive resort to self-help by the House of Representatives. Since the matter is in court, the House deliberately breached its rule of not interfering with pending judicial proceedings.
“In his desperation to cover up the scandal, the Speaker, Honourable Dogara, made himself the accuser, witness, prosecutor and judge at the same time and thereby breached the elementary rule of nemo judex in causa sua (thou shall not be a judge in your own cause).”
Abdulmumin Jibrin has called on Nigerians not to let his fight against corruption be in vain.