February 22, 2017

Video footage of Lawan, Otedola bribe transaction revealed; is this the smoking gun?

Video footage that reportedly shows beleaguered former lawmaker Farouk Lawan collecting bribes from oil mogul Femi Otedola has been published on YouTube by a Johnson Sarah. It is watermarked www.justdey.com, but we couldn’t access the site. The 8 minute long video clip shows Otedola, owner of Zenon Oil and Gas, handing over what appears to be bundles of dollars and arranging for a time to drop an additional $2.5 million. In June 2012, Otedola claimed that Mr. Lawan, during his time as chairman of of the House of Representatives adhoc committee on fuel subsidy management, had demanded a $3 million ...

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$620,000 bribe: Lawan, Emenalo ask court to drop criminal charges

Former lawmaker Farouk Lawan has asked an Abuja High Court to drop the charges brought against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission over allegations that he received a $620,000 bribe from businessman Femi Otedola. Lawan, who was recently relieved from his duties as a member of the House of Representatives, is faced with a seven-count criminal charge. Otedola, head of Zenon Oil, accused Lawan of demanding bribes while the lawmaker served as chairman of the ad-hoc committee on fuel subsidy management. Counsel for both Lawan and his alleged accomplice Boniface Emenalo, Mr. Rickey Terfa, urged ...

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$620,000 bribe scandal: House sacks Lawan at last

The House of Representatives has officially relieved Mr. Farouk Lawan of his duties as Chairman of the House Committee on Education. The former lawmaker who was accused of demanding bribes from businessman, Femi Otedola, the owner of Zenon Oil, was suspended in June 2012 and has been under investigation. Otedola alleged that he has proof the lawmaker, who headed the ad-hoc committee on fuel subsidy management, demanded a $3 million bribe in order to drop Zenon Oil from the list of fraudulent oil companies. The Zenon boss says he paid $500,000 to Lawan and another $120,000 to secretary of the ...

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Farouk Lawan and Boniface Emenalo out on bail

Former lawmaker Farouk Lawan gets a reprieve from jail. The suspended chairman of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on fuel subsidy management and his committee’s secretary Boniface Emenalo have been in prison for about a week. Both men are at the center of the biggest bribery scandal to hit the House of Reps. Emenalo and Lawan are being prosecuted by the Federal Government for collecting $620,000 in bribe from business mogul, Femi Otedola. The former lawmaker and his alleged accomplice continue to maintain their innocence in the matter, saying they had sought to expose Otedola as a fraudulent ...

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$620,000 bribery scandal: IGP receives famed video tape evidence

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, finally has in his possession the famed video tape evidence incriminating Mr. Farouk Lawan, former chairman of the House of Representatives adhoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, who is facing accusations of bribery. According to Vanguard newspapers the State Security Service, SSS, handed over the video tape after Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, refused to try the case without further investigation into the $620,000 bribery scandal. Adoke had insisted that police provide the video evidence, which Lawan’s accuser, Femi Otedola, claimed existed and was in the hands of the SSS. Otedola, an oil ...

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$620,000 bribe scandal: AGF asks police to investigate further, clarify “grey areas”

It is yet another wrench thrown in the $620,000 bribery allegation against suspended lawmaker, Mr Farouk Lawan. The office of the Attorney General of the Federation has reportedly handed back the investigative report submitted by the police over a month ago, saying there are more grey areas to be cleared. A quick end to the House of Representative bribery scandal will be slow in coming as police officers must go back to the drawing board and shore up their investigation before the case can go to trial. It is expected that clarifying the “grey areas” will take up more time ...

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Lawan returns from Saudi Arabia after Umrah trip, reports to police in Abuja

Suspended lawmaker, Farouk Lawan, currently under investigation in a $620,000 bribery scandal, has returned from his long visit to Saudi Arabia. The former chairman of the fuel subsidy probe panel of the House of Representatives reported to the police headquarters in Abuja to announce his return to the country. The Vanguard reported that Lawan had gone to Saudi for Umrah, a religious obligation he was granted the permission to observe. Lawan stands accused of demanding and receiving bribes from oil magnate Femi Otedola, owner of Zenon Oil and Gas Plc. Otedola, who claims to be innocent of oil subsidy fraud, ...

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$3 million bribery scandal: Lawan to get his day in court

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 ...

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Police set to “conclude investigations” in the Lawan, Otedola bribery scandal soon

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 ...

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“Enough is enough”; Jagaba threatens to sue Lawan for “blackmail”

Hon. Adams Jagaba, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Drugs/Narcotics and Financial Crimes, has threatened to sue Mr. Farouk Lawan for “blackmail” over ongoing allegations made by Lawan that Jagaba has custody of the $620,000 bribe. The bribery scandal, currently rocking the House, is still under investigation. Police have for weeks interrogated Lawan, the suspended chairman of the House committee on fuel subsidy management, who was accused of demanding millions of dollars in bribes from an oil marketer indicted in his committee’s probe report. Earlier in June, Femi Otedola, chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd., accused Lawan ...

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