Nigeria: Otedola says I have nothing to hide

By IndepthAfrica
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Jun 12th, 2012
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As Police investigations into the $620, 000 bribe money allegedly collected by the Chairman of House of Representative probe committee on oil Subsidy, Hon. Farouk Lawan continues, Vanguard can report authoritatively that Police authorities have tagged Hon. Lawan as the ‘Prime Suspect’ in the bribery allegation just as the Chairman of Zenon Petroleum, Mr. Femi Otedola appeared before the Special Task Force headed by CP Ali Amodu, to either deny of confirm that he gave the bribe money to the House member.

Otedola who arrived the Force headquarters at about 10. 55am, told the Special Task Force that all he had said about the issue so far was the truth, that he has nothing to hide and that the bribe money in question, was given to Hon. Farouk Lawan who collected $500, 000 in cash and the Secretary of the committee, Boniface Emenalo who collected $120, 000 in two installments of $20, 000 and $100, 000 respectively.

When reminded that under the laws of the country, the giver and the taker of bribe are both culpable, the oil magnate told the Special Task Force that the money in question was gotten wholesale, from the State Security Service (SSS), adding that it was so done to exonerate himself and to show that he was pressurized against his will to part with the money because he was aware of the implications before the law.

Vanguard

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