Lawan, Boniface demanded, received $600,000 bribe – Witness tells court

The Commissioner of Police, Legal Services, David Igbodo, on Tuesday, told the high court of the Federal Capital Territory in Lugbe, Abuja, that former Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime, Farouk Lawan and Boniface Emenalo demanded and received $600,000 bribe from Odetola.

Igbodo, who testified on Tuesday before Justice Angela Otaluka in the trial of Lawan and Emenalo said that the defendants were caught by video tape receiving 500,000 USD from businessman Femi Otedola.

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The witness said the matter was investigated by his team of policemen and it was true that the defendant demanded and received a total sum of 600,000 USD.

He said the defendant collected 500,000 USD while Boniface Emenalo also demanded and collected 100,000 USD as secretary of the Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime.

The witness added that the defendant did not deny collecting the money and that the defendant said it was for the purpose of using it as an example.

The witness restated that it was a case of demanding and receipt, according to findings during his investigation.

The defense counsel Igbanoi informed the court that the defence would not be able to cross examine the witness immediately as he was holding brief for Mike Ozekhome (SAN) who was absent in court.

The trial continues today.



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