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By Kingsley Omonobi, Abuja
Police authorities investigating the $620, 000 bribe money allegedly collected by Hon. Farouk Lawan and Boniface Emenalo, Chairman and Secretary of the Fuel Subsidy Probe Panel of the House of Representatives, respectively, are set to grant bail to the duo today after both told the Ali Amodu-led Special Task Force (STF), of their roles in the scam.
Sources said the duo are being released because the police is adhering to the 48-hour detention order, but they are expected to return to the STF office tomorrow as investigation continues.
In fact, the stringent condition attached to their temporary release, Sunday Vanguard can reveal, is that they should report back tomorrow with the alleged bribe money.
However, what could be regarded as a sore point in the investigation is the fact that the Department of State Security, SSS, whose money was said to have been collected by Mr. Femi Otedola, the chairman of Zenon Oil, and given to Hon. Farouk Lawan, according to the sources, is yet to make the serial number of the money available, making the Police bid to trace the money difficult.
Meanwhile, sources hinted that there were indications that many other members of the House of Representatives may have collaborated with Farouk and Emenalo in the alleged bribery scandal.
Consequently, the STF may invite some members of the House for clarifications on their roles in the scam.
A senior officer attached to the police investigating body said that when they sought the cooperation of the SSS to get the serial numbers of the marked money handed over to Otedola, who allegedly gave the bribe money of $620,000 to Farouk and Emenalo out of the $3million negotiated, with a view to cross-checking whether the $10,000 found in Farouk’s Apo Legislative quarters abode during a search on Friday would match, the SSS was not forthcoming.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that, consequently, the Commissioner of Police in charge of STF, Amodu, has resorted to employing other investigative measures in unraveling the case.
It would be recalled that before Farouk reported himself to the Police, on Thursday, a senior officer said the investigating team had compiled enough evidence, including the call logs of the discussions between Farouk and Otedola as to where, how and when the money will be handed over and collected, as well as the fact that the lawmaker went to Otedola’s house around 4 a.m. to collect the money.
Giving more insights into how such bribery monies were collected from other marketers, one Police source said they (marketers) were coerced into parting with various sums of pounds, dollars and Naira notes for fear of repercussion from Nigerians on their property, investments by Nigerians who were angry over the subsidy removal and payment to a few that had been milking the country dry.
“It was during further investigations into the discussions that transpired between Otedola and Farouk that we stumbled on other transactions with other oil marketers. Otedola’s case was like the straw that broke the camel’s back”, the source added.