June 13, 2012 – Farouk Lawan Shuns Police Investigation
Farouk Lawan, the embattled Chairman of House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on subsidy payments who is currently enmeshed in a $620,000 bribery scandal, failed to honour police invitation as at the time of writing this story. naijagists.com
He was asked to report within 24 hours. The ultimatum expires today.
The Special Task Force constituted by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to investigate bribery allegations and counter allegations between Lawan and billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, reportedly invited the lawmaker yesterday to explain his own side of the bribery allegations.
Otedola, who accused the lawmaker of demanding a bribe from him in the course of probe of subsidy payments on petroleum products, appeared before the police investigating team yesterday to make a statement.
The businessman told the panel headed by Commissioner of Police Ali Amodu that Mr Lawan collected $500, 000 in cash and the Secretary of the committee, Boniface Emenalo, collected $120, 000 in two instalments of $20,000 and $100,000 respectively.
Otedola also explained how he gave in to the bribe demands following persistent demands by Lawan after he made a report to the State Security Service.
He added that the SSS then gave him some marked dollar notes to use for a sting operation. Otedola said all the processes of demand and payment were recorded the audio and video formats, which he reportedly tendered to the police.
Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives are insisting that there will be no soft landing for Farouk when the lower chamber resume next week.