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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