$620,000 Bribery Scandal: Farouk Lawan, Emenalo fail to stop trial

Farouk Lawan

A former Chairman and Secretary of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Petroleum subsidy, Farouk Lawan, and Boniface Emenalo, respectively on Wednesday failed in their bid to get an Abuja High Court to halt proceedings on the $620,000 bribe scandal.

The court, presided by Justice Adebukola Banjoko, had refused the application brought before her by counsel to the accused persons, Mike Ozekhome, pending the outcome of their appeal before the Supreme Court challenging an earlier decision of the Court of Appeal on jurisdiction of the lower court to entertain the matter.

The duo were arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, on a seven-count charge bordering on allegations that they received a $620, 000 as bribe from the Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas, Femi Otedola.

The bribe money was to enable the names of Mr. Otedola’s companies, Zenon Petroleum and Gas and Synopsis Enterprises Limited, to be excluded from the list of companies indicted for defrauding the Federal Government of over N2 trillion through the petroleum subsidy payments to marketers.

The court also granted an application for the release of the International Passport of Mr. Emenalo to enable him attend a conference outside the country.

The court, however, ordered that Mr. Emenalo should return his travel document to the court registrar on or before November 17, 2014 after returning from the conference.

The court’s decision to release Mr. Emenalo’s travel document followed a no-objection submission to the application by the prosecution counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo.

The Counsel to the accused, Mr. Ozekhome had, on Tuesday told the court that the matter could not go on as there was a pending appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Appeal Court on jurisdiction of the Abuja court to hear the matter.

But, Mr. Awomolo, while opposing the argument of the defence in favour of the stay of proceedings, reminded the court of its affirmative order to proceed with the matter irrespective of the pending appeal.


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  • tundemash

    All they need do is declare their unflinching support for Dumbo’s 2015 ambition and that case will be in the cooler . Ask Femi Fani Kaoyde how it is done.

    • Otile

      Imam Shekau Allah ya yi zamani. Abubakar tundemash ka ce Ameen, dan uwarnan.

  • Aboki

    Farouk ‘dollars in the cap’ Lawan is a shameless man. Ezekhome is proving lawyers are liars by defending Fake Lawan.

  • akpos1

    Oh…here comes my best friend, Farouk De Dollar! ….he wants to stop the trial? No be small thing o!… Ordinarily, a thief like Farouk who was caught green handed, need not go on trial. Summary executions for such senseless and uncultured so called public servants is the only thing that will deter an irredeemable corrupt billionaire senators like Nigerian legislathieves. Just imagine how many fraud have taken place since Farouk made his garments an enclave for concealing my petrol dollars! But such thieves are not dealt with…so like the Judas Iscariot of Port Harcourt told us, ‘They will continue to steal until they, public officials, are stoned to death’.

    The irony of it is that one day, a Farouk or a Bankole will come forward to contest as Governor or President, or perhaps be appointed as an ambassador or Minister. It is the tragedy of our continent. Thieves as legislators? …and he is paid $1.7m per year! This absurdity is maniacally bewildering. …space don finnish for prison? Why not release one Boko haram member so that we can accommodate Farouk De dollar? Pls….Nonsense!

    • Arogbo

      It’s a shame that our courts would entertain frivolous petition or motion on behalf of this bold face thief. This guy suppose to face a firing squad. Barawo!!!

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