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SSS Officials Stop Farouk Lawan from Leaving Nigeria at Muritala Mohammed International Airport



Farouk Lawan, the embattled member of the House of Representatives who is currently being investigated over allegations of a $620,000 bribe was yesterday prevented from leaving the country.

Daily Times reports that he was booked an Emirates flight to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj, however, SSS officials at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, barred him from leaving the country.

He was prevented from travelling for fear that he might flee the country to prevent being investigated or tried for the bribery allegation.

Lawan, the suspended Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on the Monitoring of the Fuel Subsidy regime, is currently being investigated for collecting $620,000 from Femi Otedola, the Chairman, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, to alter the House ad hoc committee’s report on the fuel subsidy regime.

It is not yet clear whether he was later allowed to travel but while this report might be welcoming, my confusion is that why wasn’t he told that he couldn’t leave the country? Were specific instructions given to him against leaving the country before he booked the flight and proceeded to the Airport?

What are your thoughts on this report?

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


  1. oyin

    August 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Am sure he’s aware he just think he can jump the law, Good work Nigerian SSS.

  2. Abs

    August 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Eii this man again? Lol

  3. Africandecor(click)

    August 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    ok u want my thoughts? here are my thoughts. I AM FIRMLY BEHIND THE SSS, WHERE DOES HE THINK HE’S GOING? OLE OSHI ….. on the other hand they could just have prevented him the humiliation by informing him he must not try to travel outside the country…. when has Nigeria ever done anything right though AYE?

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  4. Theodora

    August 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Am so sure he does know he cant leave the country, but still went ahead to book his flight thinking he will surpass the law as its always done in nigeria…….he should relax and clear up his mess before going anywhere

  5. Rose

    August 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Great job guys…!!!

  6. lilz

    August 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    but the court said he could leave the country for this their fast nw…it was in d papers

    • buchi

      August 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      i think this story is false…

  7. Chuckie

    August 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Much ado about nothing. Farouk Lawan, a bribe taker is prevented by the SSS from performing the lesser hajj, meanwhile Senator Ndume aka Boko Haram financier and killer of many wives and children is permitted to travel for the same lesser hajj….which is the worse criminal???

  8. LB

    August 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    although the SSS did a good job but If there is no court injunction restraining him then he has right to leave, thats a breach of his freedom of movement/religion and can sue them. i am sure if the was an injuction his passport wont be with him in the first place.

  9. fatah abass

    August 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Proudly nigerian,the guy surely knows is ways. Omo niaja atata. But mark it, let him travel to. Al janat, what will be will be. Shikenna

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