Budget Padding: Jibrin May Face Arrest As EFCC Brings Up Money Laundering Charges
Notwithstanding claims by the former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, that he was invited to shed light on his petitions regarding alleged budget padding, details have emerged that he was on Thursday summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to answer questions bothering on allegations of money laundering and fraudulent diversion of contracts in his Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency of Kano State and other sundry petitions against him.
The Guardian yesterday gathered that the embattled lawmaker was on Thursday, August 10, 2016 actually grilled by the anti-graft agency and may soon be arraigned before a court over charges of fraud, corruption, diversion of public funds and money laundering, among others following several petitions against him.
It was learnt that the agency might have resurrected the money laundering case against Jibrin, which was dropped in 2012 in controversial circumstances.
The embattled lawmaker was arraigned along with former Nasarawa State governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma, over N15 billion money-laundering allegations.
Specifically, he was allegedly charged for laundering over N2 billion through his company, Green Forest Investment Limited, when Doma was governor.
A source said: “Jibrin, upon receiving signals that he may soon be charged to court by the EFCC, rushed to court on Thursday August 10, 2016 seeking injunction restraining the Police and other anti-graft agencies from arresting or charging him to court.”
This, it was learnt, is a bid to stop his impending arrest and prosecution by the authorities.