The Nigeria Police Force has said that it will wrap up investigations into the $620,000 bribery scandal, involving former chairman of the House of Representatives Fuel Subsidy probe panel, Farouk Lawan, and chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas, Femi Otedola.
Frank Mba, spokesman for the force told Punch Newspapers that the Special Task Force investigative team was close to concluding to the two-month long inquiry, but he did not give an exact date.
Despite indications that the investigations were stalled after police failed to discover the whereabouts of the $620,000 alleged bribe, Mba assures that the police will be ready to present its final report to the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation for further action.
He said, “The police were not under any pressure to drop the case as people have been insinuating. The STF is close to completing its investigations and in a couple of weeks, say two to three weeks, the team would conclude investigations.”
He evaded questions as to whether or not the police was in possession of SSS video footage of the bribery transaction, saying instead that the force had all the ammunition they needed on the case.
Several attempts and interrogations later, the police are yet to uncover the alleged bribery funds from Lawan, who was suspended following the scandal, and his secretary, Boniface Emenalo, also a recipient of some bribery money, have failed.
Police have long insisted that finding the bribery money would be key evidence in the case. Since they have failed to find it, it is unclear what solid evidence they could wield in the case.