Former House of Reps member, Farouk Lawan sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for Bribery

Former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment after he was found guilty of bribery by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, 22nd of June, 2021.⁣

Farouk Lawan served for 16 years in the lower legislative chamber of the National Assembly between 1999 and 2015 and was first charged with corruption in 2013 when he chaired the ad-hoc House Committee that investigated the Nigerian government’s payment of fuel subsidies to some oil companies that never delivered products in 2012.
He allegedly demanded a bribe of $3 million from billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, to have his Zenon Petroleum and Gas Company removed from the list of companies implicated in the scandal.⁣
Later he accepted $500,000 from the businessman, who delivered marked notes after he had informed the Department of State Services (DSS) who set up a sting operation that captured the exchange on camera.⁣
Ever since then, Farouk Lawan had described the allegation as a blackmail attempt to discredit the work of the committee.⁣
In court he claimed that he received the bribe to prove Otedola was offering to bribe the committee in exchange for favours, and implicate and expose him to authorities.⁣
However, Justice Angela Otaluka ruled that Lawan’s supporting evidence lacked credibility and sentenced him to seven years each on the first two counts, and five years on count three; all to run concurrently.⁣

The convict was also ordered to pay back the $500,000 bribe to Otedola.

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