$3 Million Bribery Scandal: Farouk Lawan To Spend Weekend In Detention

Rep Farouk Lawan walking into the police station yesterday in Abuja
By SaharaReporters, New York

Farouk Lawan, the embattled Nigerian lawmaker who led an investigation into the fraud-ridden fuel subsidy program only to fall prey to charges of demanding and accepting bribes from targets of his probe, is to spend the weekend at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

A police source told our correspondent that the police have refused to allow the suspended legislator to go home “because of his refusal to surrender the $620,000 bribe he collected Femi Otedola.”

Mr. Lawan’s lawyer, Israel Olorundare (SAN), was still with him at the police headquarters at the time of filing this report. His other lawyer, Sam Ologunorisa (SAN), confirmed the refusal of the police to release him.

Mr. Ologunorisa said it was unfortunate that the police were using the opportunity of the weekend to detain his client, adding that, were it not for the week, Mr. Lawan would have headed to the court to enforce his fundamental human rights.

“The police are using the opportunity of the weekend to detain him illegally. We will meet in court on Monday if they refuse to release him before then,” he said.

The lawyer frowned at the decision of Nigeria’s police to detain his client, wondering why the same police failed to detain Mr. Otedola, the oil magnate who reportedly gave the legislator more than $600,000 in bribes.  

 

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Let him sleep there...

These lawyers sometimes baffles me, a man who steals #500 0 should die in jail for all they care but the man who took $600,000 should not spend a night in prison but thank God its weekend. For me lawyers are now worse than politicians, have you seen their fleet of unimaginary cars, mansions lately? For me its like the lawyers are telling the politicians go and steal we have your back. Imagine unsenator Ali ndume's lawyers trying to exonerate him from boko haram (those cowards that kills the defenceless) when its so clear he is linked with them. If even the president is part of this whole saga let them all be jailed not just a weekend in detention.

Video: We Stand by the Subsidy Report - Tambuwal

PLUS:

1.Otedola disowns Synopsis Enterprise Ltd
- calls House session "laughable"
2.Outrage over high level fraud in Nigeria's financial system
3.See what police bullets did to this girl
- Shot by corporal, who eloped with her younger sister
4.$10,000 cash found in Farouk Lawan's home
- As police conduct search, seize his passport ...To spend weekend in custody

View & Read all now at:

http://www.StateOfNigeria.com

Fellow Nigerians, What Next...?4

The Arabs: Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen etc have all initiated their process by taking their destinies in their own hands, but when will the sleeping GIANT of the Black Race wake up...? Fashola and Oshiomhole demonstrate that there are some individuals who can fix this country but how do we ensure that the system allows them to get to the seat of power? My biggest worry is that with the state of the global economy and the unique opportunity it offers Africa for development, what will become of us if we miss this historic opportunity? Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa are positioning their countries to take advantage of the situation in the Northern hemisphere to advance their cause but Nig remains its own enemy.

Fellow Nigerians, What Next...?3

thousands are in jail in foreign countries,majority live as slaves in Europe and America just to survive and help their families, others have taken to crime etc. The woes that have befallen our motherland is endless. This is not about Hausa/Fulani or OBJ or Buhari or GEJ etc. It is a systemic and structural problem and such problems are not amenable to quick fixes or ad hoc solutions. They require a surgical and fundamental change, a REVOLUTIONARY change. Imagine people are now talking about foreign intervention under R2P in Nig! Nig is even broke financially haba! This house is already fallen, the question is when will we have the courage to clean the augean stable and start rebuilding?

Fellow Nigerians, What Next...?2

We want to restructure this Fed so that we take away power and money from the overbloated centre and give to the regions to develop, they said no. Give us SNC so that we decide what is right for us, they said no. Ok, we want part-time legislators so that we can cut down on the size and cost of governance, they said no. So, does it mean we are in an eternal trap with this contraption they call independence and 'democracy'. Is this how we will continue: no roads, no water, no electricity, no security, no hospitals, no schools, no housing, no jobs, no hope for the youths; more and more Nigerians are running away from home seeking asylum abroad as refugees, many die in the desert or at sea;

Fellow Nigerians, What Next...?

My fellow Nigerians, it is time to stop lamenting our fate,the question now is what next? The previous NASS was like this (remember Demji Bankole and the PAN saga, and Patricia Eteh and the residential house renovation saga?); the one before it was like that and the one before it and the one before it... We vote and our votes don't count, they get selected and go there to loot, loot, and loot. When they are not dipping their hands in the till thtey are stealing in our name and the name of our country. Who will save us from this perverse generation? The executive and judicial arms are no better.

Where is the hope for Nigeria and Nigerians

The only hope for us Nigeria & Nigerians is in the hands of the Almighty God. Dooms day is clearly ahead of those plunging our wealth into their hands. God is watching and is about to act. DIVINE ACTION IS ON THE WAY---COMING SOON.

RE:OTEDOLA DID THE RIGHT THING

99 days for the thief one day for the owner. If you amputate the thief, his blood will soil the land. Let him rot in jail.

Nigeria-Land of Bribery and Corruption

Bribery and Corruption can never end in that land called Nigeria. The fool crook Farooq was stupid enough to accept a job to probe scheme that provide money for the president, oil minister and big men in Nigeria. If he did not join them and take the bribe they would have killed him if he had sincerely probed and exposed the culprits. The guy is fighting a lost battle. Who will redeem Nigeria? NO HOPE AT ALL.

Farouk in detention, while

Farouk in detention, while Odetola flew out of Nigeria to London through British Airways few days ago! What an irony! NIGERIA, the land of RESOURCES and DECEIT!

Jonssing Farouk

Farouk jst showed his constituency ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ nigeria dat he has being hiding his Dumbness U̶̲̥̅̊ asked for $3m τ̅☺ do a dirty job only for ‎​U̶̲̥̅̊ τ̅☺ receive a fraction of d pay ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ ‎​U̶̲̥̅̊ went ahead τ̅☺ do d job. Were ‎​U̶̲̥̅̊ hoping t☺ get d balance later? Oga SAN ‎​U̶̲̥̅̊ must chop Йą so ​i understand ‎​U̶̲̥̅̊я̲̣̥ Ginger if not allow dat man suffer for his stupidity ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ Hypocrisy

Nigerians look and think

Nigerians look and think beyong this...shame to the shameless...Nigerians are always at the cheating end.
Farouk thanks for your bravely/resolve to do the right thing before and sorry for sudden diversionary, doing the bidding of cabals who want you to implicate/expose the hidden treasurer/storage tank of baba & co.Your committee scribe did not understand the high level game,God help the poor ibo guy.
My sense of judgement tells me that this is a past Generals dirty fight/politics..LION dont eat LION,they go extramile to secure their territory.Some past Generals of a particular tribe fronted and invested via their annointed and secured treasurer.One camp are using all arsenal/available tools to contain the other for political supremacy.
This are ex Generals fight and its capable of consuming anybody that is ignorantly used against another...This is SUPREME GOD'S battle..the hearts of rulers and generals are in HIS AWESOME HAND.

Farcrook d hunter

Mr Farouk should be force to carry d bribe money on his head to d police headquarters,and Nigerian masses singing oju ole re ole! ,simple logic depicts dat Farouk have spent out of d marked bribe money and all d time he was buying was to mope back those mony.i swear dat mony can never never never never be complete again as maked by SSS .mall am you see ur life,the report as presented MUST not be relied upon because is half baked since by intent and purpose it was doctored and compromised by d criminally infested committee .we shall overcome corruption some day,deep in my heart I do believe ,we shall overcome some day.

HABA WIN DELE!

"I am amazed that a learned solicitor can claim fundamental right for a corrupt political thief caught with his hands in the till who refuses to hand over the marked exhibit he was caught collecting on tape."

SO YOUR ARE NOT EVEN MORE AMAZED OR DUMBFOUNDED THAT THE SSS WHO SET UP BOTH THE CAMERA AND THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, RECORDED THE CRIME AND LET FARUK LEAVE WITH BRIBE MONEY? YOU WILL EXPECT THE SSS TO ARRIVE AT THE SCENE WITH THEIR HANDCUFFS, DONT YOU? OR ARE WE BEING FED A LIE HERE? WHERE IS THE SSS IN ALL OF THIS? I MEAN THE SSS THAT IS FOND OF PARADING CRIMINALS FROM BOKO HARAM TO FRAUDSTERS OF ALL KINDS? WHY ARE THEY SO SILENT? WHY WOULD THE POLICE BE ASKING FARUK FOR THE BRIBE MONEY 3 MONTHS AFTER THE FACT WHEN THE CRIME ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE IN FRONT OF SSS OFFICERS WHO WERE INFORMED TO PREPARE DAYS OR WEEKS BEFORE THE TRANSACTION?

NIGERIANS MUST BEGIN TO USE THEIR HEAD. THE PRESIDENT AND HIS CABAL ARE TRYING TO WRIGGLE OUT OF THE SUBSIDY HEADLOCK, FULL STOP.

Farcrook d hunter

Mr Farouk should be force to carry d bribe money on his head to d police headquarters,and Nigerian masses singing oju ole re ole! ,simple logic depicts dat Farouk have spent out of d marked bribe money and all d time he was buying was to mope back those mony.i swear dat mony can never never never never be complete again as maked by SSS .mall am you see ur life,the report as presented MUST not be relied upon because is half baked since by intent and purpose it was doctored and compromised by d criminally infested committee .we shall overcome corruption some day,deep in my heart I do believe ,we shall overcome some day.

USE YOUR HEAD KENNETH

THE POLICE GAVE OTEDOLA MARKED MONEY FOR WHAT PURPOSE IF THEY DID NOT ARREST HIM ON THE SPOT? IF FARUK SPEND THE MONEY OR BURN IT HOW WOULD THEY ESTABLISH EVIDENCE? WHY IS THE POLICE ASKING FARUK FOR THE MONEY 3 MONTHS LATER?.

WHAT HAPPENNED IS FARUK ACCEPTED BRIBE THINKING IN HIS STUPIDITY THAT THE FUEL MARKETERS AND THE PRESIDENT THEY SERVE WERE SEPARATE INDIVIDUALS. OTEDOLA THEN RECORD IT AS HE USUALLY DOES FOR LATER BLACKMAIL. THOSE INDICTED WHO THINK THEY ARE VERY CLOSE TO JONATHAN REFUSED TO PAY UP. WHEN THE REPORT CAME OUT JONATHAN AND HIS MARKETERS INCLUDING OTEDOLA PUT HEAD TOGETHER TO PUNISH THE HOUSE AND OTEDOLA TOLD THE PRESIDENT HE HAS A TAPE. TO GET OTEDOLA OFF THE HOOK, THE PRESIDENT INVOLVE THE SSS. THAT EXPLAINS WHY INSTEAD OF THE SSS SUPPLYING THE POLICE WITH THE DETAILS, ITS THE POLICE THAT ARE ASKING FARUK FOR DETAILS NOW. ALSO EXPLAINS WHY ITS OTEDOLA THAT GAVE POLICE THE TAPE NOT THE SSS, HE ALSO PLAYED THE TAPE FOR OBJ WHO CALLED THE LAWMAKERS NAMES.

OTEDOLA, GEJ AND ADOKE ARE CRIMINALS....

BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER.....IN 1997/98 BOTH ARE PAUPERS BUT TODAY THEY BOTH HAVE STOLEN OUR TREASURES......MAY GOD PUNISH YOU BOTH!!!

For Farouk Lawal, his case is

For Farouk Lawal, his case is more straightforward. I don't know of the defences his lawyers will come up with or the denial of responsibility they will hinge their case on probably automatism which negates all criminal liability

In criminal law motive is

In criminal law motive is irrelevant. It is intention, the mens rea that is important. If Otedola with intent offered bribe money to Farouk, the crime, what lawyers called the actus reus is made out. And Otedola will be criminally liable notwithstanding his good motive to expose corruption

@' INCONSISTENCY' BY TAFIDAN DDAJI

Ur comment is very infantile. From reports, which Lawan has not convincingly denied, it was the lawmaker or law breaker who asked for the money to remove Otedela's companies from the list of subsidy cheats. The latter got the police who gave him marked money as the bait. Lawan fell for it and actually got those companies off the list. If he had been sincere about his anti-corruption posture then he would not have collected the money which interestingly was done over time. At what point did Otedola become an accomplice? Let Lawan reap what he has sown. So much for your twisted sense of justice.The whole probe is a huge scam which was set up to provide access to the embezzled subsidy funds. Those behind the scam are being exposed. More will follow.

naija legislators.

Sory 4 u mr faruk.

otedola did the right thing

otedola did the right thing by traveling out of the country, if not the whole northern emirs will be begging him to withdraw the case,with his action caught on a video camera and he is stil denying it, LET USE THE SHARIA LAW FOR HIM, LET CUT OFF HIS ARM AND LEG. HE IS A MUSLIM. LIKE THEY ALWAYS SAY" IT IS THE WILL OF ALLAH"

I am highly disappointed in

I am highly disappointed in him. I used to
be his fan and I was looking up to him
that he is the generation change leader
we need but dis recent expose has made me
to conclude that no Nigerian Politician
should be regarded as a hero and that all
Of them are thieves

Farouk Lawan To Spend Weekend In Detention

A 19-year-old girl,Blessing Effiong has been in Kirikiri Prison since 2008 for alleged phone theft which the poor lady claimed to have bought.yet,she has been charged for handling stolen goods. What the lady either stole or bought was N10,000 mobile phone and she has been languishing in Kirikiri for the last 5years. What is the problem with Farouk Lawan whom all evidences pointed to have collected $600, 000 bribes, and he doesnt want to sleep in Police cell for a day. It looks like Nigeria has two set of laws. One for the poor, and another one for the rich.

The lawmakers became lawbreakers and you are looking for a quick fix to his case. Whoever amoung all those that suppose to uphold the law in this matter, and do otherwise will not prosper in Jesus name. There generations yet unborn shall incur the wrath of God in Jesus name, should any of you handling this case do any deal to set this man free. So shall it be, in Jesus name we pray. Amen

Fuel subsidy fall out.

The only way forward for Nigeria's fight against corruption is for the law enforcement agencies to swing into action by inviting all the indicted companies,Min of Petroleum and NNPC by the National Assembly for questioning and further investigation and eventual court action.The police has constitutional powers to do so without waiting for the executive orders.Hon.Farouk should not be a scapegoat for unearthing the rotten eggs domiciled in our polity.

DISHONORABLE HON. AMINU TAMBUWAAL PARADES A SHOW OF SHAME

I could not believe what I was watching over the Television. I had expected to watch a very very serious and sober session of the House of Thieves and Bribe Takers but the session turned out to be a glorification of corruption and bribe taking. At the center of it all was dishonorable Hon Aminu Tambuwaal whose speech was nothing more than the ranting of a brave coward whistling in the dark. To the eternal shame of the House of Thieves and Bribe Takers, the only positive thing that came out of the session was a very clear confirmation that all members of the Ad Hoc Committee on fuel subsidy and the leadership of the House of Thieves and Bribe Takers including their Speaker dishonorable Hon. Aminu Tambuwaal are all deeply involved in the bribe free-for-all bazaar.

GOOD, FAROUQ NEEDS THE WEEKEND IN JAIL FOR REFLECTION

USELESS SOB. HE HAD THE TIME TO WAKE UP AT WEE HOUR OF THE NIGHT TO GO COLLECT BRIBE IN SOMEONE ELSES HOUSE. TALK ABOUT RISKING HIS LIFE FOR MONEY . WHAT A MORON.

DISHONORABLE HON. AMINU TAMBUWAAL PARADES A SHOW OF SHAME

I could not believe what I was watching over the Television. I had expected to watch a very very serious and sober session of the House of Thieves and Bribe Takers but the session turned out to be a glorification of fraud, corruption and bribe taking. At the center of it all was dishonorable Hon Aminu Tambuwaal whose speech was nothing more than the ranting of a brave coward whistling in the dark. To the eternal shame of the House of Thieves and Bribe Takers, the only positive thing that came out of the session was a very clear confirmation that all members of the Ad Hoc Committee on fuel subsidy and the leadership of the House of Thieves and Bribe Takers including their Speaker dishonorable Hon. Aminu Tambuwaal are all deeply involved in the bribe free-for-all bazaar.

Inconsistency...

IG,inconsistency,they say,is the hallmark of fools!I have not known IG Muhammad Abu to giving anybody a first class treatment amongst equal nor does he allow undue influence to take charge of any of his official decisions.
Should we go to the legal barometer,who is expected to jump bail between a business tycon and a legislator?Femi Otedola,the chief fraudster and the starting point of the present legislative mess is now in Europe to the IG's watch while Hon Faruk Lawan,a legislator,is deliberately made to be the guest of the police up to this hour.If i may ask,between Otedola and Lawan,who did worse as the offerer and the offeree;or is it because,the former is a friend to the Rock while the latter does not control the treasury?Think over this Mr IG and allow the legislator to join his family,colleagues and associates for an appointed date to join with Otedola for next possible action,please.

Inconsistency...

IG,inconsistency,they say,is the hallmark of fools!I have not known IG Muhammad Abu to giving anybody a first class treatment amongst equal nor does he allow undue influence to take charge of any of his official decisions.
Should we go to the legal barometer,who is expected to jump bail between a business tycon and a legislator?Femi Otedola,the chief fraudster and the starting point of the present legislative mess is now in Europe to the IG's watch while Hon Faruk Lawan,a legislator,is deliberately made to be the guest of the police up to this hour.If i may ask,between Otedola and Lawan,who did worse as the offerer and the offeree;or is it because,the former is a friend to the Rock while the latter does not control the treasury?Think over this Mr IG and allow the legislator to join his family,colleagues and associates for an appointed date to join with Otedola for next possible action,please.

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