22 June 2012

Nigeria: Subsidy Bribe - I Will Be Vindicated - Farouk

Embattled former chairman of the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on Subsidy Probe Rep. Farouk Lawan (PDP, Kano) said he will be vindicated over allegations of $620,000 bribe levelled against him by an oil baron, Femi Otedola.

Otedola who chairs Zenon Petroluem and Gas Limited had alleged that he gave Lawan $620,000 bribe to clear his firm.

Lawan, who attended House plenary session for the first time since the scandal broke out yesterday, told newsmen that his last Friday's suspension from committee chairmanship by the House was in order.

According to him, "whatever decision taken by the House, I believe is meant to ensure the credibility of the institution."

The House yesterday said Otedola "is as guilty as Lawan" over the bribery allegations.

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