There is no evidence yet to prosecute Lawan – Police

Channels Television  
Updated July 4, 2012

The Nigerian Police Force has advised Nigerians not to be carried away by the release of purported audio recordings of conversations in the $3million bribery scandal involving Honourable Farouk Lawan and oil  mogul, Femi Otedola.

According to Punch Newspaper, the police claim the recordings are not enough evidence to prosecute the embattled lawmaker.

Speaking on the release of audio recordings of conversation between the two allegedly  involved in the bribery scandal, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, stated that it was not enough evidence to prosecute Lawan.

The Police spokesperson demanded for the full video component of the recording which should start from the beginning of its recording.

Mr Mba noted that, with the evidence so far obtained, it will amount to a waste of time and public resources to rush to court.

“You just don’t rush to court for the fun of charging people to court. That is why courts are congested and that is why we don’t make progress. It does not make sense. It is unproductive; it is a waste of public resource.”

According to the Police officer, the force will not interfere with the ongoing investigation by the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the House of Representatives as long as the committee did not do anything that would jeopardise police investigations.

“We are not interested in what the committee is doing,” he stressed, adding that “we are not monitoring them and would not interfere as long as they don’t do anything that could jeopardise what we are doing.”