By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—THE former Secretary of then House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy probe, Mr. Boniface Emenalo, gave reasons he accepted $100,000 from oil mogul, Mr. Femi Otedola, in 2012, as part of $3 million bribe money allegedly promised the Chairman of the committee, Farouk Lawan.
Emenalo, who testified before Justice Angela Otakula of an Abuja High Court sitting at Lugbe, yesterday, said he took the money to expose Otedola’s move to compromise members of the subsidy committee.
He testified as star witness, PW-1, of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, in the ongoing trial of then Chairman of the committee, Lawan.
Emenalo said that he collected the $100,000 bribe money from Otedola in $100 bills.
Under cross-examination by Lawan’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Emenalo maintained that he collected the $100,000 as exhibit against Otedola.
He told the court that the first meeting he had with Otedola was on Sunday, April 22, 2012, with a follow-up meeting between them on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the oil mogul’s Abuja residence at Aso Drive, Maitama.
He told the court that he subsequently handed the money over to Lawan as exhibit.
Meanwhile, Justice Otakula has adjourned further hearing on the matter till today.
Though Emenalo denied allegation that he received $20,000 bribe from Otedola during their first meeting, but admitted that it was during the second meeting that Otedola gave him the $100,000.