More twists have emerged in the alleged bribery scandal between Farouk Lawan, the embattled Chairman of the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee on Fuel Subsidy probe and Mr. Femi Otedola, the Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas.
Mr. Lawan, who was recently suspended by the House of Representatives claimed he formally wrote Adams Jagaba, the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on drugs, narcotics and financial crimes, informing him of moves by Mr. Otedola to bribe the subsidy probe panel and attached the sum of $620,000 which Mr Otedola paid.
However, Mr. Jagaba yesterday denied being in possession of the $620, 000 bribe money.
In a letter dated June 19, 2012 addressed to Speaker Aminu Tambuwal titled ‘Re-Investigation Activities: Request for Handing Over of Exhibits in Connection With a Case of Criminal Conspiracy and Taking Gratification to Prevent the Course of Justice’, Mr Jagaba wrote that, “I wish to categorically and unequivocally state that there was never a time I was in possession of the sum of $620,000 USD 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 of the above investigation.
“I hope this explanation lays to rest once and for all the claims that I or my committee is in possession of the sum of $620,000 USD purportedly given as bribe to the ad hoc committee on monitoring of fuel subsidy regime.”
Mr. Lawan had earlier denied reciveing the bribe money from Mr. Otedola, then later claimed he collected it to expose Mr. Otedola’s shady activities. Now, he said he gave the money to Mr. Jagaba who has denied publicly that he never received the bribe money.
Who then should we believe? Where is the bribe money?
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