Farouk Lawan has reportedly revealed to police officials that the $500,000 he collected in bribe from oil magnate, Mr. Femi Otedola, is with a top member of the House of Representatives, recent reports have said.The embattled former chairman of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Petroleum Subsidy who was arrested on Thursday was released on bail on Saturday evening, police officials said.
He was interrogated and his residence searched. Now the Punch is reporting that the police has written to the Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, to ask the yet undisclosed lawmaker to release the evidence.
The Vanguard recently reported that detectives, during the thorough search of Lawan’s residence, found $10,000.
Another $8,000 was found at the residence of his accomplice, Boniface Emenalo, the secretary of the committee was was accused of collecting a $120,000 bribe
It is not clear if the bills found at their homes were part of the bribes. Both men were released on bail on Saturday at about 4 p.m., but under the condition that they appear before the Special Task Force investigative team for the duration of their investigations.
One source claimed that Lawan “after undergoing intense interrogation” revealed that he kept the money in the house of another lawmaker.
“So, the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, directed that a letter should be written to Speaker Tambuwal to demand the money.”
Spokesman of the House, Mr. Zakari Muhammed on Saturday evening denied Lawan’s claims. He said, “There is no money with us in the House. I can confirm that.”
Finding the alleged bribe is essential if the police force is to establish a case against Lawan.
“I think there was an operational error by the security agency that handled the operation,” the police source said, explaining that the money should have been recovered from Lawan and his accomplice immediately after they collected the bribes.