by Stanley Azuakola
Embattled member of the House of Representatives, Hon Farouk Lawan, was not released after his interrogation by the Police at the Force Headquarters yesterday. The legislator finally honoured the invitation of the police on Thursday after repeated calls for him to show had fallen on deaf ears.
With the new development, it is unlikely that Lawan would attend today’s emergency plenary session by the House of Representatives. The emergency session is being convened with the sole aim of discussing Lawan’s alleged demand and receipt of $620, 000 bribe to clear Zenon Oil and Gas, owned by Mr Femi Otedola, of any wrongdoing under the fuel subsidy regime.
The most likely outcome from the House sitting is that Farouk Lawan and other members of his committee which probed the fuel subsidy regime would be removed and another committee set up to review their earlier report.
The new committee will also be charged with the responsibility of completing the outstanding probe of 17 oil marketing companies indicted in the Lawan report.
It is also expected that following convention, the case will be referred to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges which will probe Lawan’s involvement in the saga. The ethics committee would be given a deadline of two or three weeks to complete and submit the report of their investigations.
At the Force Headquarters yesterday, Lawan was received on arrival at about 4pm by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar. His investigation was however conducted by the Head of the Police Special Task Force investigating the matter, Ali Amodu, a commissioner of police.
Hon. Lawan arrived in company of his team of lawyers, although the legal team had to leave by 8pm when it became obvious that the legislator was going to be detained through the night.
Sources however say that contrary to the demands of the police, Lawan did not go along with the $500, 000 he collected.