by Tolu Orekoya
Marked notes, secret taping, and bribery of corrupt leaders – all hallmarks of a thrilling espionage movie. It may also be the first chapter in a case against that might be building against the chairman of the House of Representative’s ad-hoc committee on petroleum subsidy, Hon. Farouk Lawan.
Once seen as the tough head of the committee trying to bring clarity to the murky fuel subsidy waters, Lawan has allegedly been caught on video accepting a $600,000 bribe from an unnamed oil company last month.
According to Vanguard, speaker of the House, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal called Lawan to a meeting with the “principal officers” of the ad-hoc committee and the chairman was presented with the allegation, where he was forced to defend himself.
At first Lawan denied the accusation, but was startled and “froze in shock” when confronted with the news that the entire incident was taped and that the bills he allegedly received were all marked, according to the Vanguard.
Tambuwal obtained the video after the oil company gave copies of the video to a former head of state, who in turn gave it to the speaker of the House.
We are stunned.