Farouk Lawan, the embattled chairman of the Nigeria’s House
of Representatives Ad hoc committee on the subsidy probe
has been released on bail by the police.
He was let off the hook on Saturday on the condition that he
will produce the $620,000 bribe money on Monday (tomorrow).
Farouk Lawan was arrested on Thursday by the police after
Mr Femi Otedola alleged that he (Lawan) demanded a bribe of
$3 million from him to exonerate his company from among
companies who collected foreign exchange but did not import
fuel into Nigeria.
On Friday, the lower house held an emergency session in
which it fired the embattled lawmaker and removed him as the
chairman of the subsidy probe.
Members of the house whose integrity has been eroded with
strings of bribery allegations threw their weight behind the
subsidy report produced by the Lawan’s led committee.
They also re-enlisted Otedola’s Zenon oil and gas Ltd. as one
of the indicted companies, a move that many believe smack of
Sources close to the police at the force headquarters told
African Examiner that the Police authorities believe Farouk
Lawan would honor the term of his release and produce the
620,000 bribe money collected from Mr Otedola on Monday.
“He will also need to report to the police anytime that he is
needed” –the source added.
Farouk Lawan, who initially denied the allegation, later
admitted that he collected the bribe but “was just playing
along to expose Otedola” even as he boasted that the bribe
money is intact and would release the cash at the appropriate
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Farouk Lawan regains freedom, ordered to
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Sunday, June 17, 2012
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