Farouk Lawan bags 12 years in prison over $3m bribe

A federal high court sitting in Abuja, has sentenced the former Chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on Petroleum Subsidy, Farouk Lawan to 12 years in prison.
Lawan was accused of demanding $3 million from Femi Otedola to remove the businessman’s company from the list of oil companies allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy fraud in 2012.

He was found guilty of count one, two, and three bordering on corruptly asking for and obtaining a bribe from Femi Otedola, in order to exonerate Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited from the list of companies in the fuel subsidy scam.

While delivering the judgment, Justice Angela Ataluka, stated that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.

According to the ruling, for count one and two, the court sentenced him to seven years while for count three he was sentenced to five years.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

The court also ordered that the defendant return the sum of $500,000 to the Federal Government.



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