$3m bribery scam: Lawan shuns Force Hqrts

$3m bribery scam: Lawan shuns Force Hqrts

The suspended Chairman of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the man- of fuel subsidy, Farouk Lawan, failed to appear before his interrogators at the Force Headquarters in Abuja yesterday.

One of Lawan’s bail conditions is to appear at the police headquarters daily.

However, the lawmaker, who regained his freedom on Sunday, appeared for interrogation on Monday but was not there yesterday.

Lawan also refused to appear at the resumed plenary session of the House of Representatives yesterday.

Also, members of the ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy management, failed to appear at the Force Head-quarters yesterday.

Expected at the police headquarters are Ali Ahmad, John Enoh, Umar Sade, James Faleke, Eucharia Azodo, Irona Alphonsus and Adam Jagada.However, a National Assembly source denied there was invitation from the police for the committee members.

But the Ethics and Privileges Committee mandated by the House to probe the bribery allegation begins sitting today.

Meanwhile, the police hierarchy has ordered the investigation of the Ali Ahmadu led Special Task Force, STF, investigating the cash-for-clearance scandal involving Lawan and Zenon Oil boss, Femi Otedola.

Investigation of the STF is said to have stalled its probe into the scandal.

Lawan’s interrogation could not hold yesterday as the police hierarchy made spirited efforts to track down the officers who allowed him home while in custody to have his bath.

While the force is reportedly alleging that some members of the investigating team may have been compromised, Lawan is still expected to submit the $620,000 bribe money to the police before this weekend.

Apart from ASP Sani Sarkin Noma, CPL Awal Musa and Alhassan Zakari, who were alleged to have allowed the lawmaker to bathe at home and re-turn to the Force CID last weekend, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, is said to have ordered a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the slip.

Meanwhile, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Adams Jagaba, has denied ever collecting any money from Lawan.

Jagaba, the House Committee Chairman on Narcotic and Financial Crimes, was earlier said to have been briefed on the attempt to bribe Lawan.

Lawan reportedly said, when he collected the money, he gave it to Jagaba as evidence to be used against Otedola.

As the police was unable to retrieve the money from Lawan, it wrote Jagaba, requesting him to return the money.

The letter to Jagaba was routed through the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.

The police had on June 15 wrote a letter to Tambuwal, seeking his intervention in securing the release of the said money.

Tambuwal, it was learnt, wrote to Jagaba, urging him to explain what he knew about the money.

However, in his reply, the lawmaker said that he knew nothing about the money.

He said: “I wish to categorically and unequivocally state that there was never a time I was in possession of the sum of $620,000 or any other exhibits (in my personal capacity or official capacity as chairman, House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes) relating to the subject matter.”


Source: Naija.ng

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