Subsidy probe bribe: Farouk Lawan hosted.. grilled by Police I G

    Police Acting IG.. Mohammed Abubakar

    The embattled Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Oil Subsidy, Farouk Lawan played a special guest late Thursday afternoon to the Nigeria security services, following allegations of bribery which  he allegedly  collected to sway the reports of the committee.

    The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, and three Commissioners of Police  grilled Farouk for hours  over his role in the collection of a sum of $620,000 bribe from an oil marketer, Femi Otedola.

    Lawan allegedly received parts of the bribe in April just as the subsidy probe reports were being put together. He  headed the Ad Hoc Committee on the Management of the nation’s Fuel Subsidy.

    The Clerk of the committee, Boniface Emenalo, also collected a part of the money.

    But Lawan said he collected the money as evidence against Otedola.

    Lawan arrived at the Force Headquarters, Abuja at 4p.m and was immediately ushered into the IG’s office.

    Also at the grilling, which was still ongoing at the time of this report, is the head of the IG’s Special Task Force on the matter, CP Ali Ahmadu.

    The task force team leader continued with the interrogation for one hour.
    After an hour, Ali went to the seventh floor of the Louis Edet House to brief the IG and get further directives.

    The police had threatened to declare Lawan wanted after he failed to honour its invitation to appear before it since Monday.

    Otedola appeared on Tuesday and provided a video tape of Lawan allegedly collecting the money as well as other documents.

    Source: Punch