A Federal High Court sitting in Apo District, Abuja, on Tuesday, June 22, sentenced Farouk Lawan, to seven years imprisonment over the $3 million bribery charges preferred against him by the federal government.
He was the former chairman of the federal house of representatives ad-hoc committee on fuel subsidy,
Farouk Lawan was accused of demanding $3 million from Femi Otedola to remove Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited (Otedola’s company) from the list of oil companies allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy fraud in 2012.
He was arraigned on seven counts of bribery by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and was alleged to have collected a $500,000 bribe from Otedola.
In his evidence, Otedola said Farouk Lawan had demanded $3 million from him with a threat to indict his company.
According to him, he proceeded to report the issue to the DSS and was given $500,000 in marked notes. Also, the DSS had planted a camera in Otedola’s house.
Meanwhile, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed confidence that Nigeria will remain united as a strong nation; to the frustration of those waiting to see the country broken into pieces.
Osinbajo made this call on Monday, June 21, in Abuja at the maiden edition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressives Youth Conference.
“In the area of disruption as well as disruptive innovation; the principle that we are stronger together than in little part is a sound principle; and it is also my respectful view that those who advocate the breaking up of the country are terribly wrong,” Professor Osinbajo said.
He added, “Our size is crucial for geopolitical and economic relevance. Our people will be better served by a large populous and diverse country. As with all big and diverse countries, our business is to make this union work; it is to give everybody a sense of belonging.
“All of those waiting on the sidelines, hoping that this big country called Nigeria will break up into bits; so that they can pick up the pieces, will be very sorely disappointed; and I am very sure that those of you who are seated here today will prevent that from happening.”