BY Okey Ndiribe & Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA—CHAIRMAN of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes, Mr. Jagaba Adams Jagaba, has denied knowledge of the $620,000 alleged bribe money said to be in his custody.
Former Chairman of the House’s subsidy committee Mr. Farouk Lawan, had said he kept the money with him.
In a letter dated June 19, addressed to Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, Jagaba said: “I wish to categorically and unequivocally state that there was never a time I was in possession of the sum of 620,000 dollars or any other exhibits (in my personal capacity or official capacity as Chairman of the House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes) relating to the subject matter of the above investigation.
“I hope this explanation lays to rest once and for all the claims that I or my committee is in possession of the sum 620,000 dollars purportedly given as bribe to the Ad-hoc Committee on Monitoring of Fuel Subsidy Regime.”
Jagaba’s letter, entitled Re-Investigation Activities: Request for Handing Over of Exhibits in Connection With a Case of Criminal Conspiracy and Taking Gratification to Prevent the Course of Justice, was in response to another letter from Tambuwal directing Jagaba to react to the claim.
The Speaker had forwarded a letter from the IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, to Jagaba for his reaction, and subsequent action of the Speaker, on the $620,000 exhibit and other evidence that may be of use to the investigation.