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FaroukGate: “I was never in possession of the $620,000,” Lawan’s alibi denies him
According to a report on YNaija, the conundrum surrounding the whereabouts of the $620,000 that Farouk Lawan allegedly received is not about to be resolved any time soon.
Where is the money, Farouk? Everybody wants to know. The answer to that question however, seems to still be very far away.
Lawan had earlier claimed that he formally informed Hon. Adams Jagaba, the Chairman of the House Committee on Drugs, Financial Crimes and Narcotics, about Otedola’s antics. He also said that he attached the sum of $620, 000 to the letter he forwarded to Jagaban.
Jagaban had previously denied this. And he did so again in a new correspondence between him and House Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, which was obtained by Premium Times.
The speaker initiated a letter to Jagaban, asking him to respond to a police request for the release of the $620, 000.
The speaker’s letter, signed by Chile Igbawua, his Special Adviser, Legal and Legislative, told Jagaba that the police request “was self explanatory” and that he should “react urgently” to the request.
Jagaban responded immediately. He told the Speaker “categorically” and “unequivocally” in a four paragraph response 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…”
“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 USD purportedly given as bribe to the ad-hoc committee on monitoring of fuel subsidy regime.”
Jagaban’s position puts Hon. Lawan in a quandary. All eyes are on the police now, to see their next move in unlocking the saga, as locating the cash is central to their investigations.
Emmanuel Inyang, a police spokesman who appeared during a Radio Nigeria network programme, Police Diary on Tuesday morning, confirmed to the public that there is still no sight of the $620, 000.
He however introduced a new dimension that the public had not heard about previously, when he said that Lawan claimed to the police that part of the money was stolen by burglars.