EFCC set to charge Mr. integrity, Farouk Lawan, for corruption

The door is gradually shutting on the embattled chairman of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee which investigated the fuel subsidy, Mr.Farouk Lawan, as the Police in Abuja threatened Wednesday to arrest him for failure to heed invitation from investigator, even as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, received communications from the Attorney General’s office on the case and “will most likely charge him to court latest Friday,” multiple sources familiar with the case at the Attorney Generals office and at the legal department of the EFCC told PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja.

Police sources say Mr. Lawan’s failure to honour an invitation to him and without a clear reason for it suggests to them that he “knows the game is up” according to a senior investigator at Louis Edet House, headquarters of the Nigerian Police.

Mr. Lawan however told this newspaper Wednesday night that he had received no invitation from the police.

Oil sector billionaire, Mr. Femi Otedola, triggered what will now be Mr. Farouk Lawan’s albatross when he claimed to have offered the law maker $620,000 bribe to get two of his companies off the list of companies gouging Nigerian tax payers of billions in subsidy financing.

After a blockbuster reports presentation on 18th April, Mr. Otedola’s companies, Zenon and Synopsis, were indicted, but after allegedly paying Mr Lawan bribes between April 21 and 24th, [April 21st $250,000, April 23rd $250,000 and early morning of April 24th $100,000.] they were let off the hook. The two companies were delisted on the morning of April 24th during the House Plenary Discussion on Subsidy Report.

Mr. Lawan later said he had communications with the Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Crimes and the Inspector General of Police claiming Mr. Otedola was persisting in trying to offer him offer him bribes to influence the outcome of the investigation.

However, the EFFC entry into the case suggests a new twist and serious dimensions to Mr. Lawan’s problems. Our EFCC forces say the legal officers are “busy dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s on Mr. Lawan’s charges.”

Police investigators interrogated Mr. Otedola Tuesday on the allegation he offered a USD620,000 to Farouk Lawan.  Mr. Otedola was at the police headquarters in Abuja, where a task force in the office of the Inspector General of Police quizzed and later released after about an hour.

Although Mr. Otedola admitted that he gave the money to Mr. Lawan to get his oil marketing firm, Zenon Ltd, cleared of indictment over fuel subsidy fraud that involved several firms and cost the nation more than N2 trillion, he nevertheless claimed he acted with law enforcement agents who planted visual and audio devices to trap Mr. Lawan after he had pestered him to pay bribe. The money was part of an agreed USD 3 million.

 


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  • KenMani

    Dishonorable Hon Farouk Lawan never acted alone. He acted on the instructions of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Speaker dishonorable Hon. Aminu Tambuwaal on whose behalf he collected the bribes. I do not see any reason why dishonorable Hon. Farouk Lawan should be charged especially if he agrees to cooperate as a key witness for the prosecution. I urge the EFCC to charge dishonorable Hon. Aminu Tambuwaal in the Sharia court so that his legs and hands will be amputated before he is put in jail for life. A new Speaker should be elected immediately for the House of Representatives. From start, the illegal tenure of dishonorable Hon Aminu Tambuwaal as Speaker has been a catalog of corruption and bribery scandals reflecting the quality of leadership he is merely able to offer. A leadership that only nurtures and empowers corruption. Nigeria does not need or deserve the leadership of dishonorable Hon. Aminu Tambuwaal who must step down immediately as Speaker. Events in the House of Reps since he became illegal Speaker proves that his sacking will be good riddance to bad rubbish.

    • Aminu B.

      Mr PIGGY, it seems you are really obsessed with Muslim, Hausa/ Fulani. Don’t worry we ll consider u for indigeneship!

      • MSJ

        Haba Mr. KenMani! If the House is full of corrupt members what about the country? You should ask Jonathan to leave before you have the face to call any other person to resign. Pension Fund, SEC, Fule subsidy, etc. The list is endless.

        Please call your man to order and let him running the country as if he is running a primary school.

        • MSJ

          Haba Mr. KenMani! If the House is full of corrupt members what about the country? You should ask Jonathan to leave before you have the face to call any other person to resign. Pension Fund, SEC, Fule subsidy, etc. The list is endless.

          Please call your man to order and let him STOP running the country as if he is running a primary school.

    • adenle

      All these bigotry only exist in your dirty mind!Mark my word,he is being hated by you because of his tribe and religion! I don’t think a good christian should this negative altitude!

    • Habu Rimi

      Ken,your hatered for HausaFulani had gone too far.Can you and your primitive ethnic group create your own country and live Nigeria that was created from River Niger to us. Useless and animalistic people.

    • DO YOU LISTEN TO YOUR SELF TALKING?YOU SOUND JUST LIKE A BIG FOOL!WHAT DO TAMBUWAAL GET TO DO WITH THE SAID SUBJECT MATTER?

  • KenMani

    From my street survey it is clear that Nigerians all over the world want Speaker Aminu Tambuwaal to quit as Speaker; they want him to go. His leadership as Speaker of the House Representatives has produced nothing but a catalog of corruption and bribery scandals. The people want a brand new leadership for the House Representatives that will reposition the House away from corruption and bribery scandals and make the House do the work for which the Nigerian people elected them. Goodbye to corruption and bribery; goodbye to Hon. Aminu Tambuwaal the all time Nigeria leader of corruption and bribery.

    • adenle

      What survey and which street did you conduct it? You ran away when the government you always defend use its corruption to kill innocent Nigerians.I know if the minister of Aviation is a muslim particularly from Hausafulani extraction,you would have called her blood.I pray you change your altitude,if not you may not end well!

  • Alphonsusduniya

    Corruption is corruption irrespective of who is corrupt. So corruption should not be stereotyped at all. Bet you, corruption cannot stop in Nigeria because we support it. If a certain person is caught in any corrupt practices, it is either the tribe or region he belongs to seems to support him. Why? He who supports a corrupt individual is equally corrupt because that is corruption in itself.. So please we should not take sides. Some of you are speaking with biased minds so you are all corrupt.

  • Tukur1334

    The issue is not for the speaker to go,i think saying that is unrealistic.But if it really happened then the people that don’t want him there earlier are behind what is happening.I think Faruk Lawan is a good guy who was send to do a good job at the wrong time.The strategy of using all means available to nail a good guy is not to Nigeria

  • Haksam

    UBANKU ya ci kutumar uban shi.

    Lokk give us our Arewa republic, we are tired of name calling.

    Idiotic, myopic, canibalistic southerners

    • Otopsyn

      @Haksam miye matsalan ka.You are such an illetrate.Don’t you know you are on a public forum,courtesy is demanded please.Whether you like it or not,Farouk’s image is already dented and no amount of threat from school-drop-outs like you will help the situation.You are clamouring for an Arewa republic without mentioning the states that this so-called Arewa republic will cover.Do grow up please.

  • naubiko

    The Tambuwal is more effective than GEJ at least he’s addressing it by doing something. In every areas of life there’re are problems how you deal with it it what that counts. Has all the rogues in Senate or the FEC been mentioned or dealt with
    . So at least the National Assembly are open about theirs .
    We are at least reaping the dividends of demo-crazy.

  • THIS CASE IS AS GOOD AS DEAD.AND CAN BE EASILY THROWN OUT BY THE COURT.
    NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE THAT’S MARKED MONEY THEN NO CASE.THERE IS ALSO THE TENDENCY THAT THE TAPING AND VIDEOING ARE DONE WITHOUT COURT WARRANT.IF THAT BE THE CASE,MR.OTEDOLA AND THE POLICE ARE FOUND WANTING.THIS SAGA IS ALL ABOUT TO DISCREDIT THE FUEL SUBSIDY PROBE.I REST MY MOTION!

  • Nura Sam

    Mr ken you are very useless person to say this to northerners Hausa Fulani, and in additition Muslims brothers for doing this. The whole region is very very very corrupt and full of thieves, And army robbers. You will agree with me if you go back and remember what Mr obasanjo said the house of sanate and reps, are full with thieves and robbers is not lie, from president Jonathan, Ministers, governors, down to local government councillor are all the same, that is what is happening in Nigeria, so Mr hartless Kenmani, is not an issue of Hausa Muslim Fulani problem. It is general phenomenon Don Ubankaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • kofi

    Farouk Lawan is a typical Nigerian official rogue, with sugar-coated mouth, fast talking politrician and a swindler of great proportion. His ilk has been in the game for long. Remember he was a vociferous talker during Nabba’s speakership, pretending to be above board. The Kano people rose against Nabba and burnt down his house in protest against his nefarious activities. Farouk, the crook, may be the first sitting law maker to end up in jail; one of those in the chamber of thieves bleeding Nigeria to the marrow.