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Alleged bribery: Lawan gets three months adjournment

An FCT High Court sitting in Lugbe has adjourned the trial of former Chairman of House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on fuel subsidy, Farouk M.…

An FCT High Court sitting in Lugbe has adjourned the trial of former Chairman of House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on fuel subsidy, Farouk M. Lawan, over alleged bribery for over three months.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) is prosecuting Lawan for allegedly “corruptly” collecting $500,000 out of the $3m bribe he requested from businessman, Femi Otedola.

Lawan was accused of accepting the bribe in exchange for the removal of Otedola’s company’s name, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, from the list of firms indicted by the House committee for allegedly abusing the fuel subsidy regime in 2012.

At the resumed hearing today, defense counsel, Benson Igbanoi who is holding brief for Mike Ozekhome (SAN) pleaded with the Court to adjourn the matter in order to allow Ozekhome carry out the cross-examination of the second prosecution witness, David Igbodo.

Prosecution counsel, Olajide Olaleye, holding brief for Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) confirmed that Ozekhome had earlier contacted Awomolo to inform him of his inability to make it to court and that prosecution will not be objecting to the application for adjournment.

The presiding judge, Justice A.O. Otaluka informed the counsels that adjourning the trial for a long period is against the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) which dictates that criminal trial must continue on a day-to-day basis. However, as a result of the approaching court vacation, the trial was adjourned to October 11 for definite continuation of trial.

 

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