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Transcript of Phone Conversation between Farouk Lawan & Femi Otedola over the alleged $620,000 Bribe | Lawan’s Reaction to the Alleged Conversation

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Fresh facts have continued to emerge in the $620,000 bribery scandal between the embattled Chairman of the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee on Fuel Subsidy, Farouk Lawan and the MD/CEO Zenon Oil and Gas, Femi Otedola.

The Chairman, House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee on Fuel Subsidy, Mr. Lawan, is alleged to have collected $620,000 as part payment for a bribe which he demanded from billionaire and oil magnate in a bid to exonerate his companies from the fuel subsidy probe.

While there has been some controversy over the bribery, Channels Television has exclusively obtained the audio conversation between the Mr. Lawan and Mr. Otedola.

Below is the transcript of the conversation:

Otedola: How are you sir? I don’t want to bring it to my house

Lawan: Oh, you would take it to your house

Otedola: No I don’t want to bring it to my house; it is a lot of money

Lawan: err… so where? Because I’m rushing to the… they are at the airport now?

Otedola: Yes they are in the airport in the aircraft

Lawan: Well I can’t come over now and before they can come over now unless I send somebody to but I can’t because…by the time they come I should be…I have a lot of things to do myself

Otedola: Is there anybody you think I can give it to or maybe I should just postpone my trip to China till tomorrow?

Lawan: No, no it’s ok…I’ll arrange it with someone…let me give you his number 080

Otedola: hold on hold on

Lawan: 08036513355

Otedola: (Repeats number after him)What’s the name?

Lawan: TJ

Otedola: Sorry?

Lawan: aaarrh… TJ

Otedola: Ateezay?

Lawan: TJ!

Otedola: Teezay?

Lawan: No, Tj

Otedola: OK. So I will give him the balance; that is erm… 2.5 million dollars, yea?

Lawan: that’s right. Hold on. I’m calling him to be sure his phone is on…..

It was alleged that following this conversation, Mr. Lawan while presenting the 210-paged Fuel Subsidy report to a plenary session of the House of Representatives, on the 21st of April, moved a motion of recommendation that two companies should be removed from the list of companies indicted by the committee for receiving forex from the Central Bank of Nigeria but failed to bring in the fuel. The two companies were owned by Mr. Otedola.

In the latest development, the House of Representatives have threatened to arrest Mr. Otedola if he fails to appear before the House today. Also, Mr. Lawan has hired four Senior Advocates of Nigeria to defend him in the alleged scandal.

Here’s the audio version of the phone conversation

Meanwhile, Mr. Lawan has reacted to the audio conversation saying Mr Otedola manipulated the audio and challenged the business mogul to produce the complete audio video unedited and undoctored.

In a statement issued on behalf of the lawmaker by his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, he said,
“we have listened to and watched the audio with our client, Mr Farouk Lawan. On his instructions, we hereby  state that the audio is infertile, vague, puerile and inadmissible in evidence by any Court Of Law or Tribunal.
“Professionally, Channels did make the vital point that the audio was “purported to be their voices”. One simple question here: where is the visual of the audio? Recall that Mr Otedola had told the whole world that he used SSS to carry out a so called “Sting Operation”, which showed Farouk Lawan not only pocketing the sum of  N500,000 US Dollars, but also putting some under his cap, in Mr Otedola’s Lagos home. On Farouk’s instructions, we had debunked this allegation and challenged Mr Otedola, or the Police and SSS to produce this complete audio video, unedited and undoctored.
“Mr Otedola had the opportunity of doing this through Channels TV. But he did not. Rather, he brought highly doctored, manipulated and incomprehensible voices purported to be his and Lawan’s. He will certainly require forensic evidence to prove this to be true in this highly technologised world of manipulative evidence that can easily turn a man into a woman. Certainly, the audio was a sorry anti-climax to what Nigerians had been expecting.
“Even at that, let us take the audio “evidence” itself for whatever, it is worth. The conversation started somewhere in the middle, not from the beginning and ended abruptly. Our client hereby still challenges Mr Otedola to air the entire audio visual and also the complete video for Nigerians to see the setting and  environment in which the alleged bribe took place, who said what, to whom and for what.
“Secondly, our client believes that the entire footage is devilish, satanic, luciferous, mischievous and completely taken out of context. Even then the audio shows that it is Mr Otedola offering to pay the balance of the alleged bribe of N2.5 million US Dollars, not Mr Farouk Lawan.
“Even from what was said, there was no mention of the purpose of the alleged balance of N2.5 million US Dollars, or any mention of Mr Otedola’s indicted companies, Zenon Oil and AP Petroleum, Whose desired removal from the Committee’s indicted companies list allegedly formed the fulcrum of the bribe itself. If it was actually a “sting operation”, why is it Mr Otedola and not the SSS officially releasing it on Channels TV?  The audio has raised more questions and doubts than answers. Mr Farouk Lawan says it is a doctored anti-climax”.
What do you think about the latest development in the scandal?

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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

31 Comments

  1. fokasibe

    July 3, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Crazy ish!

  2. Moyo

    July 3, 2012 at 7:21 am

    wonders shall never end…..

    • Anomymous

      July 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Could it be that the said “SSS” released the recordings to Odedola to present it in the Court of Public Opinion? Is the SSS being presented as Otedola’s tool? This highly revered institution should not be brought to ridiculed, please.

  3. Bouglass

    July 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Faruk own done finish. I am so sorry for this country .why law have gives him chance to hear some senior advocates to depend himself . Any way our lawyers always looking for where there are trouble in order to legalise the illegale proceeds .

  4. Alamson

    July 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

    We’l continue 2 wait as the whole story unfolds,the truth will certainly be out.God help Nigeria!

  5. Oni Sumbo

    July 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Hmmmn,let’s keep our fingers crossed @ watch with keen interest where the PENDULUM will swing 2. Otedola/Farouk, Remember Othman Dan Fodio
    Conscience is an Open Wound,Only the TRUTH Can Heal it.
    The World is Watching

  6. Iji

    July 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Shame of a nation. These characters are our leaders for God’s sake. What hope do we have as a nation?

  7. Tina

    July 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Who cares??

    • Timi Da' Uyi

      July 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

      I do!!! if you dont. We must get to the root of this matter. Why, dont you care what happens in this our dear country? Na wa o.

    • Lucy

      July 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Idiot. Who cares and you clicked on the page. Mumu, you have brought the style of yahoo commenters here. You miss road on the way to yahoo? Mschew

  8. blessed daniel

    July 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

    we nigerians re found & capable of doing anytin d subsidy chairman mr cannot tell us dat he does nt knw anytin concerning this allegations the problem with us is dat we dnt work according 2 law most us re above d law so please i i’m pleading wit d houz of assembly not 2 relent dere effort on this issue pls dey shuld try & find d end rout of dis problem tank u

  9. oziodovidi ozieruru

    July 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

    You see, after the colonial masters left, Nigerians now had the freedom to show their true self.
    Look, we av been danperous and criminal from the beging.
    Almost all people who have been in government have studied or stayed in the western world, yet, they came and looting our lives and take the loots to the european banks treasury irrespective of their religeon.
    So, otedola and dishonourable lawan of rep are criminals and products of criminals.
    Unless Nigerians rise up to their feets to take their destiny, nobody or any amount of prayers or fasting that will do it. Help yourself.

  10. Nonye

    July 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    my husband thinks otherwise but I strongly feel Otedola is shameless!

    • joe

      July 4, 2012 at 4:41 am

      Seriously,I’m so much disappointed in the comments I’ve been seeing ….shows how shallow Nigerians are i wonder how we’ll ever move forward with ppl like you…if someone is bold enough to come out to accuse ur corrupt leader and some of you still castigate him…i just think Nigeria is messed up…no wonder we’re one of the 14 failed nations

  11. Tunde Bashir, Lagos

    July 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

    The whole issue continue to look smeller by d day and i pray that d truth will surface at d end of d day . I also hope that Channels Tv,a station that I admire a lot, will not get itself muddled up in this dirty business.

  12. Gbemi

    July 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

    hmmm… what exactly is the press trying to prove by demanding an audio/video? If the SSS has not said otherwise to Otedola claim they he ‘might’ be right. Firstly Lawan lied about receiving bribe then he accepted etc (we all know the story). Yes there was a bribe (we all agree), can we move on to implement the probe report!

  13. Nomy

    July 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Ndi oshi! Ekwensu don catch una. Both of you to jail sosai!

  14. Rap-sparkle

    July 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

    What difference does it make? it’ll be swept under the carpet as usual. abeg make i hear something useful. This country is just a joke

  15. CK

    July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

    This is quite interesting in a comical and idiotic way, I cant seem to understand the learned SAN’s postulations, what however I do understand is that he will definitely get paid for his services. Let them continue to entertain us. Any way without prejudice to the presumption of innocence on Lawan, this fellow should stop insulting our sensibilities with his infantile and idiotic posturing. even when a thief is caught red handed, he still denies…. so what is new?

  16. Abs

    July 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    This man eh? African leaders and money. @Tina, who cares? seriously??

    http://www.abadawoode.blogspot.com

  17. UsaveOne

    July 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Shameless country…full of….*****!

    Check.. http://usaveone.blogspot.com

  18. JAnomaly

    July 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Corrupt people, corrupt nation. The funny thing is, these people are not embarrassed or having a change of thought to not be so corrupt, they are thinking of how to bribe, steal more money and not get caught this time around. Nothing new, it’s the same recycled shameless fools. It’s unrealistic for a country to develop when these are these type of people in position.

  19. alicia

    July 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    this is juz the beginning, watch out for part 2

  20. ihuoma

    July 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Wait O! I thought the Lawan guy already agreed that he took it but that he did it to expose Otedola? We do not need a video or audio to prove that he took it if he already agreed that he did?

  21. konnie

    July 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Isn’t this case in court? Why is it being tried in the media?

  22. CHIEF F. O. ENEH

    July 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Somebody offering bribe definitely is guilty of an offence. If you know you have no skeleton in your cupboard while should one dole out such an amount? On the other hand somebody who claims to be of high intergrity should not have allowed himself to be tempted for any personal gain. Do a good job and earn your respect. The whole saga clearly show the high profil rot in our society. We are all waiting to know how the matter will be judged. Whoever is guilty should be made to face the wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to others. We should by now learn how to do things the right way and earn our prestige in the committe of good nations.

    • joe

      July 4, 2012 at 4:54 am

      What do you think would happen if he did not give the bribe,just his words against an honourable…even with bribe given and the evidences,Mr Lawan still dey deny…HABA

  23. olufemi Imoemiye

    July 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    it takes two to tango

  24. timeless

    July 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Who do u people think u r fooling???? what a waste n a shame.Femi Otedola,u must really think dat we r all stupid! Farouk,…………………disappointed! Play d complete tape n let us be d judge!

  25. chinyere

    July 8, 2012 at 6:33 am

    i dont think Nigerians need any evidence to put lawan in jail for d receipt of bribery. For d fact that a company he indicted was latter removed from d list after his speech on d floor of d house is enough evedence against him. What made him remove d name? Can it be that money has exchanged hands. Remember he is not denying taking d bribe. As far as most nigerians are concerned, his committe n their report has lost it’s credibility.

  26. Summer

    December 4, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    So that’s how this case entered voicemail. Toh.

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