Friday, 15 June 2012

Farouk Lawan Quizzed and Detained

Farouk Lawan, the beleaguered Chairman of the fuel subsidy probe panel in the House of Representatives on Thursday presented himself to police for interrogation over the $620,000 bribe he had confessed to receiving from an oil marketer, Femi Otedola.

 Subsequent his interrogation, the lawmaker was detained along with the Clerk of his committee, Boniface Emenalo.
Farouk arrived at the office of the police Special Task Force at the Louis Edet House Force headquarters about 4pm, in company with Emenalo and five lawyers.
He was detained briefly before being escorted to the interrogation room where detectives, led  by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the STF, Ali Ahmadu, quizzed him four several hours.
The police had stated earlier that Lawan would be declared wanted if he refused to submit himself for interrogation over the bribery scandal.

 Otedola had alleged that Lawan demanded and received the money, being part of a $3m bribe deal, in order to remove his Zenon Oil from the list of those indicted in a N1.7trn subsidy rot.

 The oil magnate said Lawan collected $500,000 in two installments of $250,000 while he sent Emenalo to collect $120,000 at a later date.

 Lawan on Monday following series of denials confessed to have taken the bribe but that he only did so to expose Otedola.

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