The federal high court sitting in Apo area of Nigeria’s federal capital territory, Abuja, has sentenced, Alhaji Farouk Lawan, a former house of representatives member to seven years imprisonment over bribery allegations(to the tune of $3 million).
As chairman of the House of Representatives adhoc committee set up to probe the multi-billion dollar fuel subsidy fraud in 2012, the outspoken law maker was accused by Femi Otedola of demanding $3 million, in other have his company(Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited) removed from the list of defaulting companies, an allegation Lawan vehemently denied.
In his testimony before the court, Otedola(as prosecution witness) testified that Lawan demanded $3 million from him but only received $500,000 of marked notes given to him(Otedola) by the DSS, after he made a complaint against Lawan. He also stated that the DSS had planted secret cameras at his residence to capture the moment.
Lawan, who was earlier arraigned on seven counts charge of bribery by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) was alleged to have collected $500,000 bribe from Otedola, however, the charge was later amended to three counts.
It is not yet clear if Hon. Farouk Lawan, who once led a group of lawmakers in the lower chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly opposed to former speaker Patricia Etteh, the ‘Integrity Group’, will file an appeal against today’s judgement.