3 July 2012

Nigeria: U.S.$620,000 Subsidy Bribe - Otedola Objects to Closed Door Interrogation

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Oil magnate Femi Otedola, implicated in the Farouk Lawan bribery scandal.

Oil magnate Femi Otedola has said he refused to talk to the the House of Representatives committee on Ethics and Privileges this afternoon because they insisted in holding the investigative session in behind closed doors.

In a statement made available to newsmen shortly after committee chairman Rep. Gambo Musa Dan Musa announced that the Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited chairman would be cross examined behind closed doors like Rep. Farouk Lawan (PDP, Kano), he said, "when this issue arose the House of Representatives committee on Ethics and Privileges publicly stated that its investigations will be held in public. It is therefore surprising and curious that this committee has made a u-turn to hold its investigative sittings in-camera particularly in the light of unfolding events".

"I strongly believe that the interest of the public will not be best served if this investigation is held in camera. I have nothing to hide and will only speak on this issue when this investigation is conducted in a very transparent manner and the press as well as the general public are allowed to be present at the sittings of this committee from the beginning to its conclusion", the statement read partly.

Sources in the House of Representatives committee room 3.49 where House committee on Ethics and Privileges were interrogating oil Magnate Femi Otedola told Daily Trust that the Zenon chairman refused to talk insisting that he will only talk when the sitting is opened to public.

He eventually came out of the committee room around 4:30pm after almost two hours and confirmed to media men that he refused to talk to the legislators and will only do so when the sitting is opened to the public.

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