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'Farouk acted alone'

'Farouk acted alone' EN FANTE terrible of the House of Representatives Farouk Lawan may have acted alone in the $620, 000 cash-for-clearance bribe rocking the House ad-Hoc Committee on the

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'Farouk acted alone'

EN FANTE terrible of the House of Representatives Farouk Lawan may have acted alone in the $620, 000 cash-for-clearance bribe rocking the House ad-Hoc Committee on the management of Petroleum Subsidy Fund (PSF), which he chaired, it was learnt yesterday.

Lawan, who is spending his 13th year in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, was said to have unilaterally delisted the name of Messrs Zenon Petroleum & Gas from the list of indicted oil marketers in the report of the former Committee on the day it was adopted by the House.

When confronted by other members of the committee, he reportedly told them that his action was informed by the additional information that he had. A source told The Nation that members of the committee wanted to openly challenge the removal of Zenon Petroleum & Gas Limited but shelved the idea to protect the integrity of their report.

The source said: “He acted alone without the consent of members of the committee. He claimed to have done what he did, based on further information that was made available to him.

“Other members of the committee would have kicked against his decision on the floor of the House but for its backlash on the report. Whoever is involved in such acts should carry the can.”

The source said whatever decision is taken at today’s session will not in any way affect the ad-hoc Committee report in which oil marketers and federal agencies misappropriated N1.7 trillion subsidy funds.

Mr Femi Otedola, whose company –Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, was initially on the list of indicted firms, spilled the beans when he accused Lawan of demanding for a $3 million bribe to exonerate his company.

According to Otedola, he paid $500,000 and additional $120,000 to Lawan and the Secretary of the Committee Mr. M.A. Sani-Omolori respectively, with a promise to pay the balance later.

Otedola said he gave the bribe in sting operation with the knowledge of security agencies. Lawan also said he played along so as to have proven evidence against the oil magnate.

'Farouk acted alone'

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