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Is It a Dead End for the Farouk Lawan vs Femi Otedola Bribery Scandal?

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With the embattled Chairman of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy, Mr. Farouk Lawan’s insistence that he gave the alleged bribe money to the Chairman, Committee on Narcotics and Anti-corruption, Adams Jagaba, Police investigators are now in a dilemma over the whereabouts of the $620,000 bribe.

After Mr. Lawan confessed to receiving the bribe money from the Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas, Mr. Femi Otedola, he said he gave the money to Mr. Jagaba who denied ever receiving the money in an official statement.

Now, it seems that the Special Task Force is not making much progress in the investigation because of its inability to know the whereabouts of the money.

The Police probe into the matter is compounded by the refusal of the State Security Service to provide the Special Task Force with the original copy of the video recording of what transpired between Lawan and Otedola.

Meanwhile, Jagaba and members of the committee on fuel subsidy have shunned police invitation. They were expected to appear before the STF on Wednesday, but only Lawan and the clerk of the ad hoc committee, Boniface Emenalo, turned up.

However, Jagaba wrote the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, saying he did not collect any money from Lawan.

Sources said the STF is now confused about the next step to take, following the ‘dribbling‘ by Lawan and the refusal of other committee members and Jagaba to honour police invitation.

Other committee members that were invited had yet to appear before the police too.

“Investigators are confused and didn’t know what to do because Lawan kept dribbling them about the whereabouts of the money and it seems the STF is intimidated by the caliber of people involved in the matter.

“I think the fact that the Inspector-General of Police, is in acting capacity is an issue and that may be why the police are afraid to go tough with the lawmakers.

“The fact that the SSS has not been cooperating with us by releasing materials in its possession is not helping the matter. This investigation is heading for the rock,” the source said.

When the news of this bribery scandal first broke out, a lot of people said it would end up just this way – at a dead end. Although investigations are still ongoing, considering the recent turn of events, many have lost faith that justice would prevail in this case.

What are your thoughts?

News Source: Punch News

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

30 Comments

  1. Paddy

    June 28, 2012 at 7:13 am

    business as usual

  2. babygirl

    June 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Nigeria makes my heart bleed.

  3. Adebayo Franklin

    June 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Why are they confused,d matter had solved itself why then are agencies in charge perambulating.Lawan admitted collecting,Otedola admitted offering of d bribe.either d money is found or not,what Nigerians are interested in is dat these people are culpable and so must be prosecuted.except as usual there are skeletons in d cupboard.

    • bukola adeyemi

      June 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

      well said.

  4. Muhammad bala usman

    June 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

    May be we will now understand the kind of justice. in nigeria after this case

  5. martins ibe

    June 28, 2012 at 8:03 am

    They will never change.

  6. SEGUN

    June 28, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Typical of Nigeria we are about sweeping another probe under the carpet. but time will come when the masses will come & chase out all those so called members of the house the days are numbered.

  7. Ofili

    June 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

    SSS needs to release the video…if Goodluck wants us to believe in his presidency…then he needs to ensure that video surfaces or else he is failure.

    • leggy

      June 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      i knew someone would manage to blame GEJ. lol. it’s become a past time of nigerians, blame GEJ for everything.

  8. yemisi

    June 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

    All over the world, in sting operations like this, as claimed by Otedola, and not refuted by the SSS, the bribe money should have come from the SSS and not from Femi Otedola. So why is the SSS not anxious to recover its (actually yours and mine) money? $620,ooo.oo is no chicken change ke!

  9. ami

    June 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Simple solution, arrest them all and charge them with money laundering. add the SSS to the list

  10. goggles

    June 28, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I wonder wat Nigerians were expecting from this saga. Whenever there’s investigations over d middle class or over some petty rubbish,the mission is almost always accomplished.This is never so when d rich and d elites are involved. There must always be a’dampened and wishy washy investigation due to somebody’s long spider legs in important offices.When shall it ever be seen and heard that such pple were prosecuted and eventually brought to book and convicted? Nobody knows d outcome of d much publicised Bankole saga.For all we care,d guy may have been let off d hook n then thinks dat nigerians are bloody dumb idiots..God please give us leaders that wil not be swayed by corruption giants,that wil serve n lead with a conscience and d fear of God.Nigerians have suffered enuf!

  11. mina sarki

    June 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

    nothing new, i knew they would all get away with it scott free, nigeria is a place, where real criminals are set free and innocent people are punished. nothing new under the sun.

  12. oluyole

    June 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

    The future of †ђε country is not actualise in anyway,απϑ i’m highly dissappointed in †ђε so call leaders of †ђε country.

  13. tolu

    June 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

    most unfortunate and saddening that corruption is being treated with respect of person. very sad indeed

  14. i no send

    June 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

    one word for all this..Tufiakwa…this country tire me jare….

  15. The White List

    June 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Tsk! Tsk!

    The White List,
    London
    http://the-white-list.blogspot.com

  16. LPS

    June 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

    …but they are quick to hang a man for stealing less than £10 and milk..useless leaders
    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com

  17. Dozy

    June 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

    When things go wrong in this country,nobody pays for it,Heads do not roll,the monumental bribery scandal which has shown the depth of moral decadence by depraved & greedy public officials as well as their primitive acquisition of wealth has exposed their double standard.

  18. Theodora

    June 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    In as much as i love my country Nigeria, i cant help but shake my head, Where the hell is justice when it comes to leaders looting public funds…….And like all the others this case is slowly been wrapped up and all involved will walk freely like nothing happened………..

  19. Abs

    June 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Hmm Africa and our leaders! We need a paradigm shift to make it.

    http://www.abadawoode.blogspot.com

  20. deji

    June 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    This whole thing shows how corrupt the system is,now what are we teaching our kids if all they see on Tv is terror and corruption,I feel so bitter for the future of this country.

  21. Gbemi

    June 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    i think (may be wrong)- if the SSS pulled this ‘stinct’ then they have already recovered/collected their money back! what i don’t understand is what’s the purpose of the ‘stinct’? The police job is to unravel the reason behind the SSS asking Otedola to offer bribe to Lawan, providing the money for the bribe and collecting the money back, their job is not to find the money…

  22. Gbemi

    June 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Most people spend time abusing our leaders but honestly who would say no to a $620,000 bribe (knowing that results of the investigation might be swept under the carpet). So why did the SSS pull this off? Because they already know Mr Farouk Lawan won’t say no and why use Otedola? Common people and police, let’s think deep!

  23. Debby

    June 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I’m not suprised na! typical of Nigeria govt, they will always allow then culprist go scot free. it is painful, cos just look at the money involved here, it can feed so many poor among us.

  24. salenko

    June 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    all of dem na thief

  25. hauwa

    June 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    diezani and co are diverting nigerians attention from fuel subsidy money she stole,i’m not defending farouk,deizani shld step down and allow a more competent person do the job

  26. EYEFIA WILLIAM ONIOVOSA

    June 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    The Nigerian security services had been compromised. Security personnel involved in the set up should be properly investigated and if found unfit for continued service, they should be told in clear terms that to obey is better than sacrifice. God does not sugarcoat its heroes. Villains are not treated with kids’ gloves. Justice delayed in Farouk – Otedola saga is injustice promoted. Every other law enforcement agent for failing to maintain integrity becomes part of the conspiracy. Is there no godly person in Nigeria today? Arise o compatriot, Nigeria’s call obey. Amen!

  27. EYEFIA WILLIAM ONIOVOSA

    June 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I was highly disappointed when it became evident that that the Nigerian Security was involved in the Otedola – Farouk saga. The Security Personnel involved in this ugly episode should be properly investigated and told in very clear terms that to obey is better than sacrifice. God does not sugarcoat His heroes. Villains are never treated with kids’ gloves. Arise o compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey. Amen!

  28. Solomon

    August 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

    The system is not working. We av no leaders in this country.

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