23 November 2012

Nigeria: Court to Rule On Farouk/Otedola U.S. $3 Million Bribe Suit Jan 30

An Abuja High Court yesterday adjourned for ruling the preliminary objections filed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and Representative Farouk Lawan, over $3 million bribe suit brought against them.

Businessman Femi Otedola had in June filed the motion demanding the sum of N250 billion in damages from the National Assembly over the controversial re-listing of his company, Zenon Oil and Gas Ltd among indicted firms in the alleged fuel subsidy scam in April.

Justice Peter Kekemeke had fixed January 30, 2013 for ruling on the arguments canvassed by counsels to the two lawmakers Mike Ahamba (SAN) and Kehinde Ogunwumiju Esq.

Otedola had claimed through his counsel Babajide Koku (SAN) that he paid the sum of $620,000 in bribes out of $3 million allegedly demanded by the probe committee headed by Lawan.

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