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ALLEGED BRIBE-TAKING LAWMAKERS (10): Abubakar Makki Yalleman – Jigawa Politician with Many Bills

Abubakar Makki Yalleman, a Jigawa State-based politician representing Mallam Madori/Kaugama, Federal Constituency in the Nigeria Federal House of Representatives is among the 37-man committee of lawmakers exposed by PREMIUM TIMES for allegedly taking bribes from federal agencies and institutions they were investigating for job racketeering.

Born on 22nd May 1969 in his home town Yalleman, Makki began his political career at the national level with his struggle to represent his constituents in 2019 when he contested for the ticket of All Progressives Congress (APC) and won the race.

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Hon Yalleman during his four-year reign, as the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Defence, sponsored several bills, motions and facilitated over 35 projects in his Constituency.

He contributed to the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, the Amendment to the Electoral Act, and the Review of the 1999 Constitution etc.

Popular among the bills sponsored by Hon. Yalleman include a Bill seeking to amend the Oath of Elected Office Holders; a Bill seeking to amend the Penal and Criminal Code with respect to suicide, and a Bill seeking to establish the Electoral Criminal Court.

Some of the motions presented by Hon. Yalleman and adopted by the House of Representatives include a motion he moved on 18th July 2019 on ‘Need to Avert Impending SSANU and NASU from the Strike.”

He also raised a motion on “Need for Proactive Measures Towards Disaster Flooding in his constituency.

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On 3rd July 2019, he presented a motion on the “Need to Curb the Armed Banditry in Zamfara State, while on 23rd March 2021, he presented a motion on the “Non–release of Retention Funds by Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies.”

Yalleman joined the race for Speakership of the House of Representatives in the 10th Assembly, but he later stepped down from the race.

He is currently the Chairman Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate Allegations of Abuse Of Tax Incentives, Tax Breaks, and Tax Waivers By Public Institutions and Companies Benefitting From Tax Incentives.

The Premium Times investigative report revealed that the 37-man lawmakers’ committee of which Makki is a member, pocketed at least N267 million in bribes through a proxy from the agencies and institutions they were probing.

However, Yusuf Gagdi, a lawmaker representing the Pankshin/Kanam/Kanke federal constituency in Plateau State who happened to be the Chairman of the committee refuted the allegations despite evidence unearthed during the investigation.

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