Friday, 10 May 2013

Court Orders Farouk Lawan, Emenalo To Stand Trial For $620,000 Bribery


An Abuja High Court has dismissed the application to quash bribery charges filed against former chairman of the House of Representatives on Fuel Subsidy scam, Farouk Lawan, and the committee’s secretary Boniface Emenalo, over the receipt of $620,000 bribe from oil mogul; Femi Otedola.
Presiding Judge; Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi on Friday, rejected the application in favor of the prosecution, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission, ICPC, on the three grounds.
The court ruled that it has jurisdiction, as there is evidence of crime against the defendants and that the charges are not an abuse of court process.
Counsel to the lawmakers said he would consult with his clients before deciding on appeal.
The two lawmakers were accused of demanding and collecting $620, 000 bribe from Mr Otedola, to remove the name of his companies  from the list of companies culpable in fuel subsidy fraud.

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