Keyamo goes solo, may prosecute Farouk Lawal over $620,000 Otedola bribe

Farouk Lawan

Keyamo’s ultimatum to the Nigerian police to prosecute Mr. Lawan lapsed.

Activist lawyer, Festus Keyamo, is proceeding with his threat to personally prosecute House of Representative members, Farouk Lawan and Boniface Emenalo, for alleged bribe taking after the expiration of the one week ultimatum given to the police to do same.

Messrs Lawan and Emenalo are accused of collecting N93, 000,000 ($620,000) from oil importer, Femi Otedola, to shield two of his companies indicted in the oil subsidy scam.

Citing media reports attributed to the police that it has concluded investigation on the alleged crime and has passed its findings to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Keyamo, earlier today sent a draft charge against the accused to the AGF, Mohammed Adoke, to prosecute them; failure of which he would commence a private prosecution against the politicians.

“The position of the law is that, before I commence private prosecution, you should be given the opportunity to prosecute or to decline to prosecute,” he wrote.

Mr. Keyamo wrote that he expects the AGF to reply to his request by the close of business next Tuesday, January 29 “to enable me determine my next line of action.”

“I sincerely hope you will make your decision one way or the other as any indecision on your part will amount to a refusal to act as held by the Supreme Court in the case of CHIEF GANI FAWEHINMI V. COL. HALILU AKILU & ANOR: IN RE: ODUNEYE reported in 1987 (4 NWLR) P. 67. In that case, it will be all-clear signal I require to file the Charge,” the lawyer stated.

Mr. Keyamo said, as required by Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Act, Cap. C41, he included the criminal charge against Messrs Lawan and Emenalo and the proof of evidence that includes: “(a) A recording of a telephone conversation between Farouk Lawan and Femi Otedola contained in a memory card wherein Farouk Lawan was soliciting or asking for gratification to doctor his report, and appealing to Otedola to keep it secret. (b) The transcript of the said recording and (c) Court processes (including a sworn testimony on oath) in Suit No. FCT/3839/2012: BETWEEN ZENON PET. & GAS LTD. & ANOR. V. LAWAN & ORS, where the graphic details of how the accused persons solicited for, and received gratification from Femi Otedola are stated.”

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