A High Court sitting in Abuja has sentenced Farouk Lawan, former chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, to seven years imprisonment over the $3 million bribery costs most well-liked towards him by the Nigerian authorities.
Lawan, because the Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee, was concerned within the probing of the multi-billion naira gas subsidy fraud in 2012.
There had been allegations and video proof that he took $500,000 bribe from Femi Otedola to take away Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited (Otedola’s firm) from the listing of oil corporations allegedly concerned within the gas subsidy fraud in 2012.
Lawan, who was arraigned on seven counts of bribery by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), was alleged to have collected $500,000 bribe from Otedola.
The cost was later amended to 3 counts.
Otedola, whereas giving proof because the fifth prosecution witness, stated the defendant had demanded $3 million and threatened to indict his oil firm.
According to the businessman, he reported the matter to the Department of State Services (DSS) and was given $500,000 in marked notes.
He additionally stated the DSS planted a digital camera in his home to catch Lawan red-handed.