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BREAKING: Court sentences Farouk Lawan to 7 Years in prison over $3million bribe

A High Court sitting in Abuja has sentenced Farouk Lawan, former Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, to seven years imprisonment over the $3 million bribery charges preferred against him by the Nigerian government.
Lawan, as the Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee, was involved in the probing of the multi-billion naira fuel subsidy fraud in 2012.

There were allegations and video evidence that he took a $500,000 bribe from Femi Otedola to remove Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited (Otedola’s company) from the list of oil companies allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy fraud in 2012.

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Lawan, who was arraigned on seven counts of bribery by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), was alleged to have collected a $500,000 bribe from Otedola.
The charge was later amended to three counts.

Otedola, while giving evidence as the fifth prosecution witness, said the defendant had demanded $3 million and threatened to indict his oil company.

According to the businessman, he reported the matter to the Department of State Services (DSS) and was given $500,000 in marked notes.
He also said the DSS planted a camera in his house to catch Lawan red-handed.

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