Lawmaker Mr. Farouk Lawan, who is currently on suspension over a $3 million bribery allegation is set to get his day in court.
Special Task Force detectives have long interrogated the former House of Representative chairman of the Fuel Subsidy Committee, following allegations that surfaced in June that he demanded bribes from oil magnate, Femi Otedola, the chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas.
The Punch has reported that those investigations are now being wrapped up, giving the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) lee way to file criminal charges against Lawan and his alleged corrupt accomplice, Boniface Emenalo.
Otedola had alleged in June that he paid the duo a total of $620,000 in bribes, a fraction of the $3million demanded by Lawan. The oil magnate claimed Lawan had falsely indicted his company of fraudulently participating in the oil subsidy scheme and had demanded bribes in exchange for clearance.
Lawan has consistently denied demanding for bribes, saying he only accepted the offer bribes in a bid to expose Otedola’s corruption.
Both Lawan and Emenalo have been under investigation and both men have failed to produce the bribes. Lawan says he had handed it over to Adams Jagaba, a fellow lawmaker, but Jagaba denies having custody of the funds.
Audio recordings of purported phone conversations between Otedola and Lawan as regards to the bribes were released in July, but police have dismissed the recordings as insufficient evidence against Lawan.
They assure that they are about ready to conclude their investigations, however, and Punch has reported that a comprehensive investigative report has been forwarded to the Attorney General of the Federation for directives.
Police are now reportedly awaiting instructions from the AGF.
“The police have submitted their report to higher authorities and are awaiting further directives; we believe the ICPC will file charges against the accused persons and we pray they will carry out the prosecution diligently because we have given them a water-tight report,” a source said on Monday.
It was learnt that the ICPC might call on the investigators as prosecution witnesses in a case that is expected to be seriously contested by Lawan’s lawyers, the Punch reported.