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Jibrin “I am ready to go to jail if found guilty of any offense”

Abdulmumin Jibrin made the comments on Sunday, September 25, 2016, during a press conference in Abuja.

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Abdulmumin Jibrin

(The News)

Former Chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin has said that he is ready to go to prison if he is found guilty of any offence.

Jibrin has been the centre of controversy since July when he accused Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and other principal leaders of the House of padding the 2016 budget.

The lawmaker made the comments on Sunday, September 25, during a press conference in Abuja.

“As in several instances in the past, I am compelled to share these documents with the press today as a last resort because Speaker Dogara has continued to deny me the opportunity to present my case before my colleagues,” Jibrin said according to Daily Trust.

“I must confess that I am not an angel. I am imperfect and fallible, which are peculiar human traits. I therefore wish to apologize to Nigerians where I have erred in the past. I have fully repented and I will make it up for the country by staying on course, taking the personal risk at ensuring that I continue to expose corruption and corrupt persons in the House and beyond.

“This does not mean in any way that I am asking for immunity against investigation and prosecution if allegations are brought against me. I am ready to go to jail if found guilty of any offense. I have stated repeatedly that in the five years that I have been in the House, I have never abused my office nor corruptly enriched myself.

“I will urge the senate to rely on the doctrine of necessity to continue to discharge the duties of the National Assembly until such a time that the House of Representatives would have concluded the process of internal cleansing,” he added.

ALSO READ: Dogara is right, budget padding is not an offence – Lawyer

Jibrin has been calling for Dogara’s resignation but the speaker has said that he will not resign because budget padding is not a crime.

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