Channels TV has released the second leak of a seemingly edited audio recording of the conversation between the former Chairman of the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on fuel subsidy fraud, Farouk Lawan, and the oil magnet, Femi Otedola.
The audio has the lawmaker cautioning the oil mogul about blowing the lid on the transaction – perhaps the $3 million bribe – and assuring him that he will spring a surprise on the other lawmakers and erase his company’s name from the report on the floor of the House, like he did on the day the report was presented.
Read the transcript of the conversation.
LAWAN: When I saw your text, it makes me feel bad, I said… You know the effort I am making?
OTEDOLA: I know, I know.
LAWAN: No, no, no, no, when you said I’m … that didn’t…Please, this thing we are doing, keep it to yourself, otherwise you will make things difficult for us.
OTEDOLA: Ok, I am now.
LAWAN: You will make it difficult for us all, because somebody called me now and said that we said we are going to address it.
OTEDOLA: Address what?
LAWAN: It is already out that we are going to do something, but when we do it, people will think we are doing it because we have compromised. If my colleagues get to hear about it, I won’t be able to convince such, so keep it to yourself, let it be a top secret. Let it be a top secret. Let it not be like anybody is aware of what is happening if anybody ask you…somebody is saying that… they said you know from your record…they have all your record and you have made a case to the committee.
OTEDOLA: God bless you, God bless you
LAWAN: It is left for the committee to decide what to do ,please keep it that way ,but the moment it goes out, when we are going to correct it.
LAWAN: Whether it seems we have already a… so, let it be want to spring a surprise on floor and that is the only credible way to do it. You know your sector is hot so much.
OTEDOLA: God bless you, God bless you my brother. I’ve been trying … anytime I hear your voice…
LAWAN: You know your sector is hot one. You are hot enough and people are even saying … they said…somebody just called and said what happened that Femi has gotten his way around. He has already… No, no I am saying it because this is what I heard.
OTEDOLA: But let me tell you one thing, you know me as a person.
LAWAN: I know. Don’t make things difficult. Whoever ask, say no I didn’t do this. I am trying to clear myself from the committee. But I have sent a letter to set the record right. That’s all, yeah
OTEDOLA: Ok, brother. Thank you. Alright.
Mr Lawan had the previous day discredited the initial audio tape aired by Channels TV that day as “doctored,” in a statement issued through his counsel, Mike Ozekhome.
He said that it would require forensic evidence to prove this to be true. He also demanded the airing of the entire audio-visual and the complete video for Nigerians to watch.