An Abuja High Court, Friday, granted bail to the former Chairman of House of Representative Ad Hoc Committee on fuel subsidy payments, Farouk Lawan, and the secretary of the committee, Boniface Emenalo. The two men have been in held in prison for about a week.
PHOTONEWS: Farouk Lawan Charged With Bribery And Corruption, Remanded To Jail
House of representatives member Farouk Lawan today arraigned before an FCT High court in Abuja for bribery and corruption. The house member face seven count charge for soliciting $3 million bribe from controversial buswinessman Femi Otedola.
Farouk Lawan: Festus Keyamo Gives Police One-Week Ultimatum
Lagos lawyer Festus Keyamo has threated to personally commence the prosecution of Representative Farouk Lawan and his cohorts in the House of Representatives if the police fail to arraign them before a court of law in the next one week.
Fuel Subsidy Bribery Scam: You Did Not Give Me $620,000, Rep. Jagaba Warns Rep. Lawan
Rep. Jagaba Adams Jagaba
The $620,000 bribery standoff between Representative Farouk Lawan and oil magnate Femi Otedola took another dramatic twist today in Abuja as the Chairman of the House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes, Representative Jagaba Adams Jagaba, denied ever receiving $500,000 from the suspended Lawan.
Faroukgate Scandal: Circuses And Puerile Defences
The Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL) has challenged the Nigeria Police to arrest both Representative Farouk Lawan and businessman Femi Otedola, the principal characters in the “FaroukGate” bribery scandal in the House of Representatives.
In a comment by its President, Abdul Mahmud, on the tapes of the scandal as published by Channels Television, PILL said stressed that tree things, consistent with its positions, have been established by the tapes:
• The background of the bribe-giving and bribe-taking;
• That a criminal relationship existed between Farouk Lawan and Femi Otedola during and after the Ad hoc Committee on the Management of the Fuel Subsidy Scheme hearings; and
• That there was intent to compromise the outcome of the Ad hoc Committee.
PHOTONEWS: Farouk Lawan At The NASS, Tells A Bribery Tale To Reporters
Ambushed by reporters during an unanounced trip to the National Assembly, Mr. Farouk Lawan was quoted as saying:
”First of all, I think it is important to note that I have been a member of the House of Representatives in the last 13 years, of course with several of some of my colleagues (past and present) we have done so much to build the House as an institution that should enjoy the respect and confidence of Nigerians and whatever the decision taken by the House of Representatives, I believe it is meant to ensure the credibility of the institution. Because as members, we must at all times recognise that the institution is bigger than each and every one of us. It is an institution that belong to this country, it is an institution which Nigerians rely for good legislation, for oversight responsibilities, for representation and it is an institution that must continue to give hope and confidence to the Nigerian people
Rep. Farouk Lawan Appears at Police Headquarters, But Without the Infamous $620,000 ‘Bribe’ Money
Mr. Farouk Lawan, the member of the House of Representatives who admitted that he collected $620,000 from oil magnate Femi Otedola but claimed it was not a bribe, finally showed up at Force Headquarters in Abuja today, but without the money.
SaharaReporters sources said that that infuriated Commissioner of Police Ali Amodu, who heads the investigating police team.
Farouk Lawan Released, Passport Seized By Police
Nigerian police investigators today granted “administrative bail” to detained PDP member of the house of representatives, Farouk Lawan
Police sources told SaharaReporters that Mr. Lawan was freed about 3:00 PM Nigerian time after someone stood surety for him. His international passport was seized to stop him from fleeing.
Police sources said Mr. Lawan was considered for “bail” after the police extracted a pledge from him to produce the $620,000 he collected from the oil business magnate, Femi Otedola.
Otedola Dismisses House of Reps Action As “Mere Celebration of Corruption”
Femi Otedola, who has been embroiled with Representative Farouk Lawan in a bizarre corruption scandal, has hit out at today’s events in the House of Representatives, dismissing its actions as “laughable, a mere celebration of corruption and a further indictment on their honorable member.”
The House today suspended Mr. Farouk Lawan, the chairman of its ad hoc committee which looked into the management of the government’s so-called oil subsidy, over the $620,000 Mr. Lawan collected from him. In collaboration with State Security Services, the transaction was recorded on audio-visual equipment.
$3 Million Bribery Scandal: Farouk Lawan To Spend Weekend In Detention
Rep Farouk Lawan walking into the police station yesterday in Abuja
Farouk Lawan, the embattled Nigerian lawmaker who led an investigation into the fraud-ridden fuel subsidy program only to fall prey to charges of demanding and accepting bribes from targets of his probe, is to spend the weekend at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
A police source told our correspondent that the police have refused to allow the suspended legislator to go home “because of his refusal to surrender the $620,000 bribe he collected Femi Otedola.”
Nigerian Reps Suspend Farouk Lawan, Re-Enlists Otedola’s Companies On The List Of Fraudulent Gasoline Importers
The plenary session of the Nigerian House of Representative has suspended Farouk Lawan from the house and referred his case to the Ethics Committee of the house. Farouk Lawan is a People’s Democratic Party member and the house ad-hoc committte chairman of oil subsidy probe who was accused of receiving $620,000 in bribes from a shady oil business magnate, Femi Otedola.
When the emergency meeting began today, federal legislators overwhelmingly passed a “vote of confidence” on the speaker of the house.
Oil Subsidy Bribery Scam: Rep Farouk Lawan In Police Net
Rep. Farouk Lawan
The Nigerian police has arrested house of representatives member Farouk Lawan. Mr. Lawan is the chairman of the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives, who gained celebrity status overnight on account of the committee, the police had threatened to declare him wanted yesterday.
Mega-Corruption and the Farouk Lawan Saga By N-Katalyst
Oil bizman Femi Otedola and Farouk Lawan
Introduction: Following the release of the report of the House of Committee on the Fuel Subsidy, N-Katalyst, a non partisan network of individuals with a deep commitment to the promotion of Nigerian unity and progressive change organized a National Symposium in Abuja on 30 April 2012 to address the issues. We subsequently published a Charter of Demands drawing attention to significant findings on mega corruption in the fuel subsidy regime.
Rep. Farouk Lawan Denies $600,000 Bribe of Subsidy Committee Member
Nigerian rep Farouk Lawan
Farouk Lawan, the chairman of the celebrated House of Representative’s Adhoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, has categorically denied that a member of the committee demanded and received a $600,000 bribe from an oil marketer.
He cited as evidence of the integrity of members of the committee the “thorough and in-depth” manner they carried out their investigation and the fact that the committee’s all-encompassing recommendations were approved by the whole House.