Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has faulted claims by House member and former chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, that he dished out $20, 000 bribe to nine members of the committee.
Dogara, in a statement signed by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. C. Maduabum, he expressed shock over the claim, adding: a�?This has confirmed that Jibrin is a serial blackmailer.
a�?I wish to state that I did not at any time meet or hand over any money of any sort to any member of the House Appropriations Committee.
a�?This accusation is not only a lie, but also pure fiction, a figment of his imagination, which can only come from a man whose soul is deeply corrupted.
a�?For the avoidance of doubt, Dogara did not give me any money to distribute to any member of the House or indeed any member of the committee.
a�?The Speaker is a decent man, a man of high intellect, integrity and character. He does not need to do so, as the members are adults who can hold their own positions and can defend themselves.a�?