Dogara Gives Jibrin 7 Days To Retract Libelous Allegations, Or Face Legal Action


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As shared by Speaker Dogara.....
The Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu
Dogara, has given a seven day
ultimatum to Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin
to tender an unreserved apology to him and retract all allegations made
against him or face legal action.
A statement issued by the Special
Adviser on Media & Public Affairs to
the Speaker, Mr. Turaki Hassan, stated
that the demand was contained in a letter written and addressed to Jibrin
by counsel to Dogara, Professor Joash
Ojo Amupitan (SAN) & Co. It was
signed By Professor Joash Amupitan,
SAN, who is the Principal Partner of the
firm. The letter, entitled, ‘REQUEST FOR A
RETRACTION AND AN APOLOGY OF A
LIBELOUS PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY
YOU ON MONDAY 25TH JULY, 2016’,
noted that the claims of the former
Appropriations chairman, who was removed for padding the budget and
other actions, that the speaker is
corrupt and abuses his office is aimed
at tarnishing his image at home and
abroad and is a clear case of libel.
The letter read in part, “We act as solicitors to Rt Hon. Yakubu Dogara,
Speaker of House of Representatives
of Three Arm Zone National Assembly
Complex, Abuja herein after referred
to as “our client” and on whose
instructions we write this letter to you. “The attention of our client has been
drawn to a libelous press statement
you issued on Monday 25th July 2016
which was made available to members
of the press (print and electronic
media) titled “THE CORRUPT SPEAKER YAKUBU DOGARA AND HIS 3-MAN
CABAL”.
“In the said publication, you published
words to the following effect
concerning our client and three other
principal members of the House of Representatives-
“Honourable colleagues and fellow
Nigerians, I wish to make further
revelations.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his
senior cabal namely Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and Minority
leader Ogor has (sic) promoted
corruption so badly in the House that if
President Muhammadu Buhari with his
disdain for corruption and corrupt
people have the slightest idea, he will ban the QUARTET permanently from
the Villa before they eventually allow
for proper and unbiased investigation
by the House.
Mr Speaker and Deputy Speaker Yusuf
Lasun diverted millions of Naira all in the name of paying for guest houses
and official residence. The issue
became so messy that the Deputy
Speaker openly accused Hon Herman
Hembe of short changing them of
millions of naira in the deal to the shock of many Hon Members.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara frequently
abuse his office amounting to conflict
of interest by soliciting for
inappropriate favours from agencies
and Multinational companies. He forced an agency to grant loans and a
construction company blackmailed to
do some work at his Asokoro ‘plot’
Speaker Yakubu Dogara has carefully
designed a scheme to scam Hon
Members through deduction from their salaries certain amount of money
for a so called mortgage arrangement
to build houses for members. He has
been applying every under hand
tactics to ensure Members agree to the
deal. “Speaker Yakubu Dogara has
consistently refused members access
to the financial dealings and internal
budget of the House. He runs the
financial management of the House
like a cult aided and abated by the Chairman House services Hon Babanlle
Ila. It is no longer news that all over
the House, Hon Members are aware of
the monumental fraud perpetrated by
Speaker Yakubu Dogara in this regard.
We are even told that this is a child’s play compared to the mess and
allegations of money laundering he
left behind as Chairman house services
in both the 6th and 7th Assembly. The
EFCC should have something to start
working with in respect to his tenure as Chairman House services if they
properly dust their files.”
“These members of the body of
principal officers were not comfortable
with my independent disposition and
my refusal to cover up their unilateral decision to allocate to themselves
N40bn out of the N100bn allocated to
the entire National Assembly.
The four of them met and took that
decision, in addition to billions of
wasteful projects running to over 20bn, they allocated to their
constituencies. They must come out
clean. My inability to admit into the
budget almost 30bn personal
requests from Mr. Speaker and the
three other principal officers, also became an issue.”
It continued, “The personal references
are obviously directed at our client,
and amount to a very serious libel.
“By the said publication and without
putting to the public any shred of evidence, our client is portrayed as a
criminal, corrupt, dishonest,
fraudulent, dishonourable and unfit to
hold the position of Speaker of House
of Representatives.
“Our client’s reputation has further been brought down in the estimation
of right thinking members of the
society and he has been thrown into
public opprobrium, odium, scorn and
ridicule.
“Consequently, we consider your publication on the matter as not only
libelous but made in bad faith; an act
of vendetta owing to your recent
removal as the Chairman of House
Committee on Appropriation.
“The said publication is also aimed at causing disaffection between
Nigerians and members of the House
of Representatives.
“Sequel to the above, we have to
request you to submit immediately to
us a clear and unqualified apology and retraction of the publication in an
equally conspicuous position in all the
print and electronic media where the
publication appeared.
“TAKE NOTICE that in the event of your
failure/refusal to comply with the above mentioned demands within
seven (7) days of your receipt of this
letter, we have further instructions to
institute a suit against you in a court of
law.
If we have to pursue this course, we shall be claiming aggravated and
exemplary damages.
Yours faithfully,
For: Professor Joash Ojo Amupitan
(SAN) & Co
Professor Joash Amupitan, SAN Principal Partner.”
Recall that Jibrin has been circulating
all manner of falsehoods against the
speaker after he was removed as the
chairman of the committee, a decision
the whole House took after due consideration of his gross
incompetence and immaturity to
handle the position of Appropriations
Committee Chairman, among other
issues.