JUST IN: Farouk Lawan to spend 7 years in jail for bribery

By our reporter| A former member of the house of representatives, Hon Farouk Lawan is to spend the next seven years imprisonment over the fuel subsidy scandal, a federal capital territory court ruled on Tuesday.

Lawan was found guilty of soliciting bribe from billionaire businessman, who had accused Lawan of making a demand of $3 million for Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, his company, to be delisted from companies being probed during the probe of fuel subsidy in 2012.

He was found guilty of count one, two, and three bothering on obtaining money from Otedola, and sentenced to seven years for count one while he was sentenced to five years for count three.

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The sentences will, however, run concurrently.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), indicted him of collecting $500,000 bribe from Otedola.

He had chaired the ad-hoc committee which probed fuel subsidy under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

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