Subsidy probe: Activist says bribery scandal is a distraction ploy

Channels Television  
Updated July 9, 2012

A renowned Niger Delta activist and founder of Agape Birthright, Annkio Briggs on Monday said that the current bribery allegations against the suspended Chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee that probed the management of the fuel subsidy fund, Farouk Lawan is a ploy by those indicted by the committee to distract Nigerians from the corruption in the oil sector.

The Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas, Femi Otedola blew the whistle that Mr Lawan had demanded $3 million from him in order to remove his company from the list of companies indicted by his committee to have received foreign exchange without using the money for fuel importation. Mr Lawan was alleged to have received $500, 000 part payment while the former Secretary of the committee, Boniface Emenalo allegedly received $120, 000 from the oil merchant.

Mrs Briggs, while responding to questions from the hosts of Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily said the bribery scandal is a set up to make Nigerian look the other way of the subsidy probe report.