House Committee Chairman on Narcotics, Anti-corruption and National Values, Adams Jagaba, has written to the Inspector-General of Police, denying custody of the $620,000 bribe money allegedly collected from businessman Femi Otedola by the Chairman, House of Representatives ad hoc committee chairman on fuel subsidy management, Mr. Farouk Lawan.
He said neither him nor any member of his committee had seen the money which Lawan claimed he handed over to him on April 24,2012.
Jagaba’s letter was in response to an invitation by the police that he should appear before the Special Task Force investigating the bribery scandal involving the members of the ad hoc committee on subsidy and Otedola.
The lawmaker, however, chose to write instead of appearing in person as the police had requested in their letter to the Speaker, House of Representatives,Aminu Tambuwal.
Sources told our correspondent in Abuja that Jagaba snubbed the police invitation to appear in person.
“In his letter to the police, Jagaba categorically denied that neither him nor any member of his committee collected the exhibit from Lawan, Investigators are back to square one on the question of the money which Lawan, in his statement, claimed he gave to Jagaba,” a source said.
It was learnt that the police were strategising on the next step in their quest to recover the bribe money and conclude their investigation.
The police had also written a fresh letter to Tambuwal reminding him about their demand to interact with other members of the ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy.
The letter,according to a senior officer, asked the Speaker to ensure that the lawmakers appear at the STF office on or before June 27, 2012 (Wednesday).
The letter was sequel to the failure of the lawmakers to honour the invitation earlier sent to them through the Speaker.
Meanwhile, Lawan was further interrogated for about five hours on Monday as investigators became impatient with him and his continued refusal to produce the exhibit.
Our correspondent learnt that the lawmaker got to the Force Headquarters by 12noon but was not released till around 5pm.
- Rep Jagaba: I don’t have $620,000 bribe (thenationonlineng.net)