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ICPC Re-opens $650,000 Subsidy Case Against Lawan

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has reopened its case of alleged bribery against a former chairman, house of representatives ad-hoc committee on fuel subsidy, Mr. Farouk Lawan, at a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.

During the trial yesterday, the anti-graft agency called its first prosecution witness, Boniface Emenalo.

Emenalo was jointly charged along with Lawan until an amendment to the charges by the ICPC saw his name removed as a defendant.

Lawan is now the sole accused person in the case.

Emenalo was initially arraigned with Lawan on six-count charge of accepting $620,000 from chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, Mr. Femi Otedola, in the course of performing the committee’s duty in 2012.

Both men were accused of collecting the money in April 2012 from Otedola in order to remove Otedola’s companies’ names from the list of firms indicted by the committee.

 

source: ledership news

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