Following the $3million bribe allegations against the Chairman, House of Representatives committee on the management of fuel subsidy, Farouk Lawan, the House is to reconvene for a special plenary session on Friday to take a position on the matter.
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media, Zakari Mohammed on Wednesday, confirmed that the House will be cutting short its one-week break to hold the emergency plenary session.
A source in the National Assembly said that the leadership of the House, had a closed door meeting on Wednesday, where the decision was reached.
In an earlier statement released by the House of Representatives, the lawmakers had vowed to investigate the allegation of $3 million against Mr Lawan.
The Chairman, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, Femi Otedola in an interview with a national daily newspaper, alleged that Mr Lawan and the Secretary of the probe committee, Boniface Emenalo had collected $620,000 from him in a sting operation masterminded by the State Security Services (SSS).
The amount, according to Mr Otedola was part payment of $3 million, which he alleged Mr Lawan had demanded from him to exonerate Zenon Oil from the probe committee’s report.
He said on April 21, the Saturday before the plenary, Mr Lawan came in person to his residence and collected $250,000 in cash, as the first instalment and on Monday April 23 “Lawan came and collected another $250,000.”
On Tuesday, the oil magnate appeared before a Special Task force set up by the acting Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Mohammed to investigate the bribery allegation.
Mr Otedola at the meeting with the police authority, presented audio and video evidence of how Mr Lawan got the first instalment of the bribe and how he demanded the balance.
Besides submitting the evidence, Mr Otedola informed the investigators of how the lawmaker mounted pressure on him with a list of senior officials of the House, who he claimed were to be settled with the bribe money.