The days of freedom of Abdulmumin Jibrin, a suspended member of the Nigerian House of Representatives who fled to the United Kingdom last November fearing being assassinated in Nigeria, are numbered, a Federal lawmaker warned in a statement on Tuesday.
“His days of freedom are numbered and sooner rather than later he will face the full wrath of the law,” Herman Hembe, a member of the House of Representatives, said.
Hembe alleged that Jibrin, who went on self exile in the United Kingdom in November had returned to Nigeria after his ill-gotten wealth was exposed in London.
Jibrin made news for weeks this year after he alleged that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, had connived with other members to pad President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2016 budget.
Padding the budget in Nigeria means to insert fictitious projects or to inflate projects to yield returns for the lawmakers and executive members of government.
Dogara denied the corruption allegations and as the battle raged, it was alleged that Jibrin himself had corruptly enriched himself.
Last November, Jibrin said he was going on self exile in the United Kingdom over an alleged attempt to assassinate him and kidnap his family.
In an interview with BEN TV London, he vowed not to return to Nigeria until his safety is guaranteed.
He argued that the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the allegations of padding of the 2016 budget, was sending a wrong signal to Nigerians.
“The situation currently at hand is different from the initial stage of the crisis. The silence of the presidency is no longer sending the right message to Nigerians and the international community,” he said then.
He alleged that over 2,000 “fraudulent” projects worth over N284 billion were inserted into 2016 budget and warned that such illegality has never happened in the history of the Nigerian legislature.
In a statement on Tuesday, Honourable Hembe, an ally of Dogara, warned that Jibrin’s corruption had been exposed and his days and freedom were numbered.
“I understand that the suspended Hon. 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,” he said.
“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.
“Now, 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 againts 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 added.