Jagaba Denies Receiving $620,000 Bribe Money From Farouk Lawan
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Drugs/Narcotics and Financial Crimes, Mr. Adams Jagaba, on Tuesday opened up on the $620,000 bribe allegedly collected by Mr. Farouk Lawan from businessman, Femi Otedola.
Mr. Lawan had claimed he formally alerted Mr. Jagaba, who heads the House committee on Drugs, Financial Crimes and Narcotics, of the attempt by oil marketer, Femi Otedola, to bribe the House fuel subsidy committee which Mr. Lawan headed.
Since the allegation broke last week, Mr. Jagaba, a second term member, defied media inquiries, refusing to comment on the matter, But in a four-paragraph response, Mr. Jagaba said neither the funds nor any other exhibits were with him.
Part of the letter, dated June 19, obtained on Tuesday, reads, “I wish to categorically and unequivocally state that there was never a time I was in possession of the sum of $620,000 or any other exhibits (in my personal capacity or official capacity as Chairman, 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 of $620,000 purportedly given as bribe to the Ad-Hoc Committee on Monitoring of Fuel Subsidy Regime.”
Findings indicated that Jagaba was responding to a directive by Tambuwal asking him to respond to a letter from the office of the Inspector-General of Police.
The Police authority had written first to Mr. Tambuwal last Friday, June 15, asking him to secure the release of the said money, since Mr. Lawan had told investigators he handed them to Mr. Jagaba.