Court Jails Ex-Rep Lawan 7 years Over $500,000 bribe - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Court Jails Ex-Rep Lawan 7 years Over $500,000 bribe

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja yesterday convicted a former member of the House of Representatives from Kano State, Farouk Lawan for demanding a $3million bribe and receiving $500,000 from oil mogul Femi Otedola.

Justice Angella Otaluka convicted Lawan on the three-count charge on which he was tried by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

The judge sentenced him to seven years in respect of counts one and two, and five years on count three.

The judge said the sentences are to run concurrently, implying that he will spend seven years in jail.

The judge ordered Lawan to refund the $500,000 he was found to have collected from Otedola to the coffers of the Federal Government.

Lawan was a four-term member of the House of Representatives, who represented Bagwai/Shanono Constituency of Kano State between 1999 and 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He committed the offence while serving as the Chairman of House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Petroleum Subsidy Regime in 2012

ICPC accused Lawan of demanding $3million from the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, Femi Otedola.

Culled from The Nation Newspaper

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