House of Reps suspends Farouk Lawan, stands by subsidy report

The House of Representatives, on Friday, at an emergency session, suspended Farouk Lawan, former chairman, fuel subsidy probe panel, over allegations that he and the secretary, Boniface Emanelo, demanded and collected $620,000 bribe from the Chief Executive of Zenon Oil, Femi Otedola, to shield his companies from indictment.

The House, however, vowed to stand by the probe report.

Speaker Aminu Tambuwal said the sanctity of the report remains inviolable. He also called on the executive to emulate the House by also stepping up its war against corruption.

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The House of Representatives have convened an emergency session to deliberate involvement of the chairman and members of its ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy.

Chairman of the subsidy probe panel, Farouk Lawan, is in police custody for demanding and receiving $620 million from Femi Otedola, an oil mogul whose company is believed to have corruptly received subsidy payments.

The House will determine culpability of its members in the scandal and possibly sanction them.


12:19 House adjourns.

12:13 The House, in its committee of the whole, have adopted a resolution to re-enlist Zenon Oil and Gas ltd and Synopsis Enterprise Ltd on the list of companies that corruptly recieved subsidy payments.

11:58 The House moves into the committee of the whole to begin consideration of the affected recommendations. The house is expected to rescind it April decision delisting two companies, Zenon oil and gas, and Synopsis Enterprises ltd from the list of 15 companies that corruptly received subsidy funds.

11:52 Speaker Tambuwal is branded “man of the future” by colleagues after his speech. The House now moves to reconsider recommendations in the subsidy probe report which is believed to have been tainted by the bribe Farouk Lawan allegedly collected.

11:49 Speaker Tambuwal says the House will “never” be intimidated by any “antics” 

11:46 Speaker Tambuwal is given a loud applause after he said the House will stand by the subsidy probe report despite the bribery allegations against members of the committee.

11:40 The speaker of the House of Reps ordered the management of the National Assembly to investigate and possibly sanction Boniface Emenalo. 

11:38 Emergency session begin but Farouk Lawan is absent at the emergency plenary but was suspended from the House and referred to the ethics and privileges committee.


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