An Abuja High Court in Nigeria has sentenced Hon Farouk Lawan former member of the House of Representatives, to seven years imprisonment over $3 million bribery scandal in 2012.
Lawan has been facing allegation of $500,000 of $3m bribe received from an oil tycoon, Femi Otedola in order to stop Lawan’s committee form investigating his company during fuel scarcity probe under President Goodluck Jonathan.
Lawan pleaded not guilty of the alegation and taken into custody untill he was granted bail on 8 February 2013.
Lawan was the chair of the ad-hoc committee saddled with the responsibility to investigate fuel subsidy scandal under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Recalled that during the investigation Lawan called for total overhaul of the nation’s oil ministry, and to prosecute oil companies and powerful individuals who benefitted from oil subsidy scandal.
The investigation was ordered by the federal government after angry nationwide protests held in January 2012, occasioned by government’ attempt to remove fuel subsidy in Nigeria, Africa’s leading oil producer.