$620,000 bribery scandal:Investigations will be completed in two weeks- Force PRO

Channels Television  
Updated August 3, 2012

The ongoing investigation on the bribery scandal involving the former chairman, House Commitee on Fuel Subsidy Probe, Farouk Lawan, and oil magnate, Femi Otedola will come to a close in two weeks.

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, told Punch Newspaper that the Special Task Force handling the matter was close to concluding its investigations.

Though he declined to give a definite date when the STF would wrap up its probe, Mba gave assurances that the team had been connecting the missing links in the bribery scandal and would soon present its final report to the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation for further action.

He said, “The police were not under any pressure to drop the case as people have been insinuating. The STF is close to completing its investigations and in a couple of weeks, say two to three weeks, the team would conclude investigations.”

Asked if the police had received from the State Security Service the video of the purported sting operation it carried out against Lawan and Boniface Emenalo, Mba said the police had all they needed on the case.

It will be recalled that Chairman of Zenon Gas and Oil, Femi Otedola blew the whistle on the former chairman of the House Commitee on Fuel Subsidy Probe, Farouk Lawan alleging that he requested the sum of $3 million to delist the name of his (Otedola) company from the list of indicted companies in the subsidy probe.

Otedola claims it was a sting operation involving the State Security Service. He also claims there is a video evidence to prove that Farouk has collected part of the agreed sum.