Farouk Lawan evades inquiries on $600,000 bribery allegation

Farouk Lawan, the beleaguered chairman of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy management, named in a N96 million bribery allegation, has opted for silence on the matter, turning down media requests for his comments.

PREMIUM TIMES has reached the lawmaker, who led investigations that turned up a gigantic fuel subsidy scam of more than N2 trillion, four times since the allegations broke out Saturday, and on each occasion, he has held back an expected swift denial of complicity.

Telephoned first on Saturday night, Mr. Lawan, who also heads the House committee on education, said he was travelling between Abuja and Kano and would be available to release a statement Sunday to avoid being misquoted.

On Sunday morning, the lawmaker answered his phone call and after establishing the motive of the inquiry, turned it off. He did not answer subsequent calls.Then a follow-up text message has not been replied since. Other calls to him on Sunday afternoon were neither answered nor returned.

Mr. Lawan is accused of exonerating an oil company involved in the fuel subsidy fraud after receiving $600,000 from the group. The allegation has unsettled the chamber that only recently barely managed to deal with corruption allegation involving the members of its committee on capital market.

The House has pledged to support full investigations into the allegation, vowing to “never take side with corruption” and promising to “stand on the side of the rule of law.”

“While we await investigation into these weighty accusations, we wish to state without equivocation that this honourable house will never take side with corruption and we will always stand on the side of the rule of law,” chairman House committee on media and public affairs, Zakari Muhammed said in a statement.

“The reason we inaugurated the adhoc committee to look into the controversial subsidy regime in the first place was to expose corruption in the sector, as such, we cannot, for whatever reason, support any underhand dealing from any quarter,” Mr. Muhammed said.

The exchange between Mr. Lawan and the company’s officials, according to the media reports, was  videotaped secretly, and a clip sent to a former head of state, who in turn, delivered it to the speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal.

Mr. Tambuwal has reportedly distanced himself from the episode and has made it clear the house will not provide a cover for the misconduct.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Otopsyn

    Hmmmm life is such an irony indeed.My people will say the one that was called to blow into our eyes harboured pepper in his mouth.If this is true,who then can be trusted?

  • Yehime

    O time will tell;think you’re in heaven,but you’re living in hell.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    I seriously doubt this unscrupulous allegation on behalf of that democrat-Honourable Faruq Lawan,one of the most people oriented representative of Nigerians in the House of Reps.
    It is some kind of tricks the scotfree criminal and looters of our commonwealths secretly adopted in order to sway opinions of Nigerians because,they all sponsored and installed PDP president Jonathan into Nigerian presidency.But president Jonathan has been using all illegal and corrupt-ridden routes to ensure the indictment report against his backers and sponsors wont see the light of any legal action by EFCC & ICPC because,they are his benefactors.Itis gimmic and false accusations.

    Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,
    Writes From Canada.

  • Babso

    Why was the video given to a former head of state? There is more to it than meet the eye.

  • AYI GASKIYA

    WELL DONE FAROUK !! Had it been you did not exposed the truth nobody will witchhunt you !!
    Your FAULT is SIMPLE !!! Who are to expose them, is the MESSAGE they are sending !!
    And For GODS sake why should a former head of state give tambuwal a video tape,is he an SSS AGENT now ? who gave him the order to that ,or he is just being a Good samaritan ? well…..i doubt so …! Definetlly the former head of state company is part of it !!! another way to descredit your report may ALLAH guide you !! Tambuwal be careful ? you know they dont want you, there dont play in that murky water !
    BY DESCREDING YOU THEY ARE DESCREDITING YOUR REPORT !! WE always tell you quit PDP PEOPLE dESTROY PEOPLE PARTY !! To us you’re COUREGEOUS To even accept the cmmttee chairman.
    And based on these unfolding events ,we believe there is already an orchestrted plan against you !!! Thats is why they even given you the committeee chairman !YOU know they are smart ! we hope NIGERIANs will understand where this is going ! To bury the FUEL SUBSIDY REPORT ALIVE !! MY PRAYER I Hope as i guess this allegation is a lie and if is true GODs FORBIDS !! we still believe in your report they are MERCILESS TO TAKE THAT MONEY !!! MAY ALLAH EXPOSE THEM !!