Fuel Subsidy Scam latest: Falana offers free legal service

Lagos lawyer and human rights campaigner, Mr. Femi Falana, says he is throwing himself in the ring to defend the House of Representatives that is currently facing threats of multiple litigation from companies and individuals indicted in the fuel subsidy investigations. The services will be free, he says.

“In view of the threat of some of the indicted companies and individuals to sue the House over the report on the fuel subsidy fraud our law firm has decided to defend the House pro bono publico”  Mr. Falana said late yesterday in a statement, adding that “the decision to render our services free …was informed by the resolve of the House to discharge its constitutional duty without fear or favour and in the national interest.” 

Mr. Falana’s statement reads in full that:

“Since the Farouk Lawn-led  Committee on the mismanagement of  fuel subsidy  fund submitted its report to the House of Representatives last week  an orchestrated campaign of calumny has been launched against  the leadership of the Committee and the House. It was even alleged that the House Speaker would be impeached in a desperate bid to cover up the monumental fraud. Some of the indicted companies have gone to the extent of  threatening  to challenge the powers of the House to probe them and pray the court to annul  the report of the Farouk Lawan Committee .

“As a concerned Nigerian i submitted a memorandum to the House Committee. In my oral testimony before the  Committee i dwelt, in extenso, on the reckless looting of the fuel subsidy fund by the cartel of public officers and fuel importers. Before then the Federal Government held a town hall meeting in Lagos in December 2011 at the instance of the Newspapers Proprietors Association  of Nigeria where I called for an investigation into the subsidygate. Although the Executive ignored the call, the House of Representatives under the leadership of of Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal took it up.

“In the wake of the popular protests against the removal of fuel subsidy the Presidency directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate and prosecute the culprits. I am also collaborating with the EFCC with respect to the investigation.

“Having read the 210- page report of the House Committee I wish to commend the chairman and the members for their courage, patriotism and commitment to accountability and transparency.  By rejecting the tempting offers of the cartel of fuel importers the members of the Committee have demonstrated that there are still some public officers who will not sacrifice the interest of the country for personal enrichment.”

 

 

 


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  • A. El-Suleiman

    I am with you Femi Falana. The House of representativer committee had stood tall above personal enrichment. I am beginning to have hope that someday, my country ,our country – Nigeria will thrive over her current predicaments. Kudos Farook Lawan! I am proud to be a Nigerian once more.

  • Jameel Ringim

    May Allah have mercy upon late Gani F. Uncle Femi thank you for the good work, you are giving us hope that one day Nigeria will get rid of all the Executive, Judicial and Legislative marauders who operates in a broad day light without fear of God or being caught, who mortgage thier here after (Next world) with the wordly vanities; who pretends to be with God but deeply involved in satanic rituals; who………………..

    However, I would like to acknowledged the rigidityand candour of Faruk and his committee for rejecting the fabulous offer by the cartels and mother of all cabals, whos conscience was infested by corruption as a result of being exposed to the endemic syndrome called PDP, May God give us the permanent cure for it and destroy all the likely trace of it in Nigeria, Oh! Allah give us leaders who will make this country regained its lost glory. Kudos to Faruk Lawan and the Committee members for the good job and thumb up to Mr Femi Falana.