Latest on bribery scandal: House turns heat on Otedola

The House of Representatives Ethics and Privileges committee announced on Thursday it was issuing summons for the appearance of oil marketer, Femi Otedola, before it, claiming that after questioning Mr. Farouk Lawan, over the $620,000 bribery scam, “startling revelations” had turned up.

The lawmaker and Mr. Otedola have been embroiled in the scandal that has been fraught with accusations and denials, with a police investigation into the matter, barely achieving much.

Amidst a police probe, the House committee opened its internal probe on the case on Thursday, meeting with Mr. Lawan for more than three hours behind closed doors, after a brief opening in which the committee pledged to conduct a transparent and fair inquiry.

After the session, the committee chairman, Gambo Dan-Musa said “several questions” put to Mr. Lawan, produced “startling revelations.” On that account, Mr. Otedola and other “stakeholders” with information about the case, were to be invited.

The lawmaker did not give details of the committee’s findings.

“The committee is set to carry out its assignment with a very high sense of commitment. We shall strive to be fair and just to all parties involved,” he said.

Mr. Otedola is to appear on July 3, 2012, Mr. Dan-Musa said, explaining the meeting was conducted in camera against earlier assurance for an open hearing, to forestall the undermining of the expected testimonies.

Coming more than two weeks after the scandal broke out, the House inquiry provides a new front to the episode which police say investigations had been slowed by the inability to trace the marked dollar notes paid to the lawmaker.

Mr. Lawan has agreed receiving the payment from Mr. Otedola, who, claiming to have acted to expose the lawmaker, however received in return, clearance for his oil firm, Zenon, earlier indicted for fuel fraud investigated by the House.

However, in earlier presentations to the police, the lawmaker has also denied receiving the sum as a bribe, claiming instead to have accepted the exchange, recorded by security agents, to implicate Mr. Otedola.

Mr. Lawan said immediately after making the receipt, he informed, and passed the notes to another House member Adams Jagaba, who is in charge of the House Financial Crimes committee.

In an earlier memo sent to the speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, Mr. Jagaba, denied receiving the sum, or the information.

Police say finding the marked notes is key to the investigation. But

after two weeks during which Mr. Otedola and Mr. Lawan have been interrogated by the police, investigators say the funds could still not be located.

Mr. Jagaba on Thursday denied being invited by the police over the incident, dispelling earlier reports his refusal to explain his role had stalled the investigation, and had prompted a deadline to be issued for his appearance.

“I have never received any invitation from the police to that effect but I am surprised to be reading in some newspapers that I was invited and I refused to appear,” he said.








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  • Abdul

    Ignore those those bastards Mr Otedola and tell them to go hang.



  • Alphonsusduniya

    Government magic, ITT. International rogues.

  • Beegee

    closed door nmeeting revealed truths?…how can?..

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    No dull moment with Tambuwal, Facrook and co.

  • Twitter

    i have said that PT is working for BH-from the south east–u can trust the brains of an ibo man

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    When you read comments posted by some of these Igbos and Usobos on some of these forums,you would wonder how some of these people wrecking Nigeria with tribalism and religion bias operate,and think if, they ever behave like human beings.

    Within two years that an Ijaw man took control of the Nigerian presidency,the nation and its patroitic masses have been led into misery and hopelessness by the clueless,visionless and incapable president Jonathan and official corruption with bribery schemes have pervade the landscape of Nigeria.
    Does it confirms the strange insinuation that past president and prime minister of Nigeria were people specially,created differently by Almighty Jehovah God?

    Nigeria is facing disintegration of its long held sovereignity,peace and unity.Now it is constant to read comments posted mostly by South-Southerners calling Yoruba people all sorts of dirty names and calling the Hausa/Fulani people unprintable dirty names because,one of their own-Ebele Jonathan who was voted into the presidency with the expectation that being a PHD holder from the South part of Niger Delta would be completely,different and lift up the lives of almost all average Nigerian people from the dungeon but two years after Jonathan gotten to office as president,the reverse is the turn around for Nigerians who are mostly regretting of ever putting all their hope and votes in Ebele Jonathan presidency.

    Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,
    Writes From Canada.

  • Auwal

    If only majority of Nigerians will realized that these politicians whether frm north or south represents themselves and some interest , fight together to substitute them with the good once (which am sure we have them in all the regions) the only way forward now !.