Over two years after the report of the $620,000 bribery allegation against Hon. Farouk Lawan was forwarded to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges, the House of Representatives says it is still awaiting the final outcome.
Speaking at a media briefing at the weekend, the Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business, Albert Sam-Sokwa, said the House was worried about the delay.
In June 2012, Farouk Lawan, who chaired the Ad hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime, was relieved of the position and also removed Chairman of the House Committee on Education, over an allegation by billionaire oil marketer, Femi Otedola, that the lawmaker received a $620,000 bribe from him.
The bribe was allegedly to fast-rack the removal of two of Otedola’s companies from the list of oil marketers, who had shortchanged the country through the fuel subsidy regime.
Following the uproar and Lawan’s denial, in spite of an audio and video clip to support the allegation that he collected the bribe, the matter was referred to the Ethics and Privileges Committee since 2012 and nothing had been heard of it since then.
Sam-Tsokwa, who spoke for the leadership of the House, while fielding questions from reporters, said: “Well, if you ask me why is it that the Ethics and Privileges Committee has not been doing its work or whatever? That would be understandable”.