Police Reveal How Farouk Lawan’s Commitee Collected Bribes From Various Oil Marketers

The House of Representatives was, yesterday, recalled from break as the cash for clearance scandal widened with the Police disclosing that other oil industry interests besides Femi Otedola gave bribes in dollars, pounds and local currencies to the committee.

The revelation came as House members fought back, alleging a systematic attempt by the Presidency and other interested parties to damage the credibility of the report produced by the Farouk Lawan led ad-hoc committee that investigated the implementation of the Federal Government subsidy regime.

It also emerged, yesterday, that Speaker Aminu Tambuwal refused entreaties from the State Security Service, SSS to retrieve the bribe passed on to Lawan by Otedola.  Tambuwal, it was learnt, insisted that his touching the money would mean tampering with the evidence.

The discovery that other oil interest groups allegedly paid bribes to the Lawan committee emerged from the work of the CP Ali Amodu-led Special Task Force investigating the scandal. There were also feelers from the Special Task Force that the $620, 000 bribe money admittedly received by Lawan may have been destroyed.

Lawan who has so far not formally appeared before the Police team investigating the scandal now has a deadline of tomorrow to appear before the Police or be declared wanted.

As a source said yesterday: “Lawan is to appear before the investigation team and say all he knows about the bribery allegations against him or risk the consequences as the Police is empowered by law to take such other lawful steps necessary to help with the investigations.”

Chairman of Zenon Oil, Chief Femi Otedola, who claimed to have given Rep. Farouk Lawan marked $620,000 as part payment of the $3m demanded from him as bribe appeared before the police panel on Tuesday during which he tendered both video and audio evidence of the transaction between him, (Otedola) and Lawan.

A senior Police source told Vanguard yesterday that the investigating team has enough evidence, including the call logs of the discussions between Farouk and Otedola  on where, how and when the money will be collected, as well as the fact that Farouk went to Otedola’s house by 4 am to collect the money.

Source: Vanguard Newspapers

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18 Comments

  • Nigeria my country,the bad eggs in this country by GOD grace they will be cast out,if at all FEMI OTEDOLA his saying the truth then the “house” is not far from what people has being saing about them.

  • What the formal president (Chief Olusegun Obasanjo) said about the Nigerian legislators is becoming reality i.e “we have thiefs, rogues and armed robbers among the Nigerian Legislators”

  • If Farouk Lawan is a rogue the Otedola who offered him bribe is the bigger rogue. Are we saying that Otedola was working with the police or EFCC or ICPC to expose corrupt MPs ? He should be arrested and charged to court for offering and giving bribe to Lawan, as Lawan is culpable so is Otedola. Nigerians should wise up and stop watching or discussing all these staged mellow dramas . Its disgusting .

  • l believe Farouk Lawan was set up by those oil marketers because why will Femi Otedola informed the police that he bribed Faruok Lawan knowing that the giver is as guilty as the taker.He want to discredit the committee’s report so nigerians will not be talking about the report instead we will concentrate on the bribery allegation which is what is happening now.Nigerians have to always put on their thinking cap before reacting to any issue.

  • Shame to bad people. Some nigerians re so dull. How can yu be saying its a set up? Y did farouk not alert d police as Otedola did? Going to sombodys house around 4am? Otedola is a very trustworthy person, as his company Zenon only imports diesel which there is no subsidy. Criminals, cultist, thieves, Ritualist. Soon there’s goin to b cleansing in our senate/ Rep.

  • There is no way the oil petrol subsidy probe report will have any value to Nigeria following this turn of events. Otedola, who may not be a saint, may have just helped us open up the chain of corruption inherent in the so-called National Assembly committees and HORs panels. Let’s not forget that this is the same modus via which the HORs panel on the Power sector & IPPs went down the dustbin after Ndudi Elumelu & his colleagues were found culpable of corruption. How he got re-elected into the same HOR is a wonder.

  • Faruk Lawan was set up by this our so called leaders and bad eggs of our country, in order to destroy the good image of him. Just becouse he digged out what they dont want the general public to know about the fuel subsidy. I think otedola should be arrested and sentence to prison, for an attempt the bribe the ad-hoc commitee. This shows that he is not a good nigerian. Faruk collected the money in order to expose them and those the them.

  • Faruk Lawan was set up by this our so called leaders and bad eggs of our country, in order to destroy the good image of him. Just becouse he digged out what they dont want the general public to know about the fuel subsidy. I think otedola should be arrested and sentence to prison, for an attempt the bribe the ad-hoc commitee. This shows that he is not a good nigerian. Faruk collected the money in order to expose them and those behind them.

  • oga kabir, why do we choose to be one sided in our comment. U jst said Farouk collected moni 2 expose Otedola, yet he move a motion on d floor of d house requestin dat zenon be expunged from d list of indicted mkters? It appears to me dat F. Lawan did dat in exchage 4 d bribe he collected. I.e fufillin hi own side of d shady bargain,while unaware dat he is walkin into a trap set by more intelligent people

  • If Lawan was set up, why did he fall into their trap if he is a honest person as some of you are making us believe. They are all PEN ROBBERS both the givers and the takers. Ex-Presido has said it all because experience is the best teacher. He gave them during his #rd term agender. He knows them well. Up 9ija!!

  • Take it or leave it,no one is representng anybody in d Nat.Assembly.Any probing comitee is often being lobbyed 4 in order to enrich themselves.Pls its not only in dis case,weve discovered dat the Nat.Assy even encourages heads of departmnts & parastatals to loot treasuries.Imagine in finance ministry,d head of d major dept.dat generates revenue into d country(Customs) went as far as providing 2 vouchers of salaries & shared d money with Nat.Assy.only 4 d idiot head to hav announced 2 d world dat Nig Customs earn fat money.So this thng hapens evrywhere & i knw dat God wil continue to expose dem gradually.Surprisngly,Okonjo Iweala,who d people took as a messiah,even compromised.So its only God dat can help Nigerians.No wonder Obasanjo said they are “Armed Robers”.Why dont they go & chalenge him? You shal knw d truth & d truth shl set u free.BUT LET DEM NT SWEEP D MATTER UNDER D CARPET.ONYEOCHI,OLE,BARAWU PEOPLE.

  • It has probe 2 us 9ja pple.lawan from u we have learn collecting bribe openly nd otodiola from u we learn giving bribe openly,OBJ nd ur son Gudluck ,grandsons senate,reps nd minister ,wia is d justice dat coming out ur mouths mt praticalizing,do far to ur last drop ALLAH(GOD)is waiting 4 u pple.

  • It has probe 2 us 9ja pple.lawan from u we have learn collecting bribe openly nd otedola from u we learn giving bribe openly,OBJ nd ur son Gudluck ,grandsons senate,reps nd minister ,wia is d justice dat coming out ur mouths why nt praticalizing,do far to ur last drop ALLAH(GOD)is waiting 4 u pple.

  • Useless idiots, if the law dont start working it will never do. When morons stand and open their dirty mouth and say the legislature was framed or set up and so what, he fell for the trap, he pays the price final and same goes to Otedola the giver.

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