FUEL SUBSIDY PROBE: HOUSE OF REPS DISOWN FAROUK LAWAN OVER BRIBERY ALLEGATION
Following an allegation of $600,000 bribe leveled against the Chairman of the ad-hoc committee on fuel subsidy, Hon Farouk Lawan, the House of Reps said it will not take side with any of its member if found wanting in the allegation. This was made in a statement by the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon Zakari Mohammed.
Read the full Official Statement Below:
The attention of the House of Representatives has been drawn to reports alleging that one of its members, has in the course of his committee work as a member of the ad hoc committee which investigated the subsidy regime, allegedly received a gratification from an oil baron to exonerate his companies from complicity in the oil subsidy scam.
While we await investigation into these weighty accusations, we wish to state without equivocation that this Honourable House will never take side with corruption and we will always stand on the side of the rule of law.
The reason we inaugurated the ad hoc committee to look into the controversial subsidy regime in the first place was to expose corruption in the sector, as such, we cannot, for whatever reason, support any underhand dealing from any quarter.
However, these accusations, what ever their merits, do not detract from the quality of the work done by the committee. The report of that committee was adopted by the whole House and we stand by the resolutions of the House.
The present House of Representatives will not relent in it’s efforts to render quality legislation and oversight functions to Nigerians. Today, we are gradually beginning to see the end of this monstrosity that has bedeviled our progress as a nation for so long.
We hope that the Executive will not, because of this allegation, abandon it’s commitment towards bringing to justice, the culprits already identified in the committee’s report.
Hon Zakari Muhammed
Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affair