Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, who represents Ondo South constituency, has appointed 100 personal aides, despite ongoing financial controversies. The announcement was made through a statement released on Tuesday.
These newly appointed aides are set to serve as the lawmaker’s Personal Assistants and were selected from the six local government areas within the senatorial district. Letters of appointment are scheduled for presentation to the appointees on Wednesday, according to the statement.
It’s worth noting that the list of appointees excludes five statutory aides that were previously chosen by Senator Jimoh Ibrahim. As per the National Assembly Act, each lawmaker, except for principal officers, is entitled to five aides, comprising one senior legislative aide, two legislative aides, a personal assistant, and a secretary.
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However, questions arise regarding how Senator Ibrahim intends to financially support these additional 100 personal aides, as they would not be covered by the National Assembly budget.
This development occurs in the midst of a significant financial dispute involving Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, NICON Investment Limited, NICON Insurance Limited, and the Nigerian Reinsurance Corporation. They owe the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) a substantial sum of N69.4 billion.
AMCON has accused the controversial businessman of displaying no intention to repay the debt and has made multiple attempts over the years to recover the funds without success. Consequently, AMCON sought justice through the Federal High Court (FHC) in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/760/2021, leading to an order to take over Jimoh Ibrahim’s businesses.
In response, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim claimed that he was directed by the court on March 9, 2022, to initiate contempt proceedings against the Executive Management of AMCON. This prompted AMCON to challenge the ruling by filing a Notice of Appeal before the Court of Appeal on March 14, 2022.
The situation remains fluid, with many questions surrounding Senator Jimoh Ibrahim’s financial capacity to support his newly appointed aides in the face of his ongoing legal battles with AMCON.
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