Bribery probe finale – in two weeks

The Force Headquarters has said it will conclude, within two weeks, investigations into the $620,000 bribery scandal involving the former chairman, House Commitee on Fuel Subsidy Probe, Farouk Lawan, and Zenon Oil and Gas Chairman, Femi Otedola.

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, told our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday that the Special Task Force handling the matter was close to concluding its investigations.

Though he declined to give a definite date when the STF would wrap up its probe, Mba gave assurances that the team had been connecting the missing links in the bribery scandal and would soon present its final report to the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation for further action.

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He said, “The police were not under any pressure to drop the case as people have been insinuating. The STF is close to completing its investigations and in a couple of weeks, say two to three weeks, the team would conclude investigations.”

Asked if the police had received from the State Security Service the video of the purported sting operation it carried out against Lawan and Boniface Emenalo, Mba said the police had all they needed on the case.

Nigerians who had followed police investigations into the scandal with keen interest had expressed disappointment over the seeming inability of investigators to recover the bribe from Lawan, Boniface Emenalo and other members of the ad hoc commitee on fuel subsidy management.

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Though the police had interrogated them several times, none of them including the House committee chairman on Narcotics, Adams Jagaba, could provide the money or provide information that could lead to its recovery.

Lawan had dribbled the police endlessly, promising to come with the bribe money without doing so.

Police sources said detectives believed Lawan had spent the money and was only engaging in antics to buy time and wear out the STF.

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