Drama as Otedola refuses to answer lawmakers

The Chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas, Femi Otedola, Tuesday, declined to respond to questions asked him by members of the House of Representatives committee on ethics and privileges, who are probing the $3 million bribery scandal involving him and Farouk Lawan, a lawmaker.

Though Mr. Otedola honoured the invitation of the committee, he declined to respond to any of the questions demanding that journalists be allowed to cover the committee’s proceedings.

Mr. Otedola told the lawmakers that holding the meeting behind closed doors was contrary to an earlier promise by the committee that there would be a live coverage of the interview.

Mr. Otedola, who arrived at the venue of the meeting at about 2.07pm, dressed in white kaftan, came with his lawyer, and three staff of his company.

For about three hours, lawmakers tried in vain to get Mr. Otedola to respond to a barrage of questions thrown at him; but the businessman maintained his stance.

Gambo Dan-Musa, the chairman of the committee told reporters after the meeting that his committee had tried its best by inviting Mr. Otedola, who was a main character in the bribery scandal.

The committee had insisted on questioning Mr. Otedola in camera as the other main personality involved in the scandal, Mr. Lawan, was also questioned behind closed doors.


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  • Lawal

    Hey, I will not talk to you because you are hungry people———-Otedola

  • Godiya Namchi

    At least the committee’s Chairman should tell Nigerians on why the Subsidy probe was not done in Camera and he wants to investigate Farouk in Camera. Is it because he is their member?

  • Babso

    If it is sting as been put forward, the audio and video of the encounter should be the properties of the security. How come it is Femi that is releasing it to the public?

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Who is afraid of ‘LIGHTNESS’? lol. the house committee is begining to look like a witch hunt. I see ethnic forces at play. Gambo dan Musa should resign from that committee.

    • Nagoma

      Rubbish! What makes you think that every member of the House Committee are from same ethnic group as Gambo Dan Musa?


  • Clayboots

    This is a clear police case. It baffles me when I see Nigerians adults telling lies with impunity. What are they teaching the younger ones? It is now clear that most of them have benefitted from Faruk’s loot. It is not everything that the law makers can handle. Give this man to EFCC to be tried. Someone should tell them to represent us well. God will make it possible for those defending criminals in the house to be exposed one day

  • Clayboots

    Am surprised that the hon members have not called Baba to come and face the house for calling them THIEVES