A Police Officer (IPO) who is investigating in the trial of former Chairman of House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, Farouk Lawan, has again insisted in his testimony before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Lugbe that Lawan demanded $3 million as bribe from Femi Otedola, Chairman of Forte Oil Plc.
David Igbodo, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), while under cross-examination by Lawan’s counsel, Mr. Nkem Okoro, said investigations revealed that Zenon Oil was cleared but AP was not cleared because the balance was not paid.
He explained that the investigation was limited to the alleged collection of $500,000 bribe by Lawan and the $100,000 collected by Secretary of the committee, Boniface Emenalo, who had earlier testified against Lawan.
The Federal Government is prosecuting Lawan under the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) Act for allegedly “corruptly” collecting $500,000 out of the $3 million bribe requested from Otedola.
Lawan was accused of accepting the bribe in exchange for the removal of Otedola’s company’s name, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd and AP Petroleum (now Forte Oil) from the list of firms indicted by the House committee for allegedly abusing the fuel subsidy regime in 2012.