$600,000 Bribe: Falana Calls For Lawan’s Arrest, Trial – PMnews

Farouk Lawan

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana on Monday called on anti-graft agencies to arrest and prosecute Lawan just the way Herman Hembe, another Reps member who allegedly compromised his position as chairman of the House Committee probing the crash of the Nigerian Stock Exchange was docked for collecting bribe from the SEC DG, Arumna Oteh.
Falana, who made the call on a TV programme monitored in Lagos, said corrupt leaders should be isolated and prosecuted.
He said the prosecution of Lawan would not in any way affect the credibility of report of his committee on the oil subsidy scam.
Falana said on Channels TV that since there are reports that there are ample evidence that Lawan allegedly collected the bribe, security agencies should fast track the investigation in order to get to the root of the scandal.
According to him, “we are running a system premised on primitive accumulation of wealth,” which he said is fuelling corruption, adding that “for the ruling class, it is business as usual.”
Also echoing Falana’s call, Ankio Briggs, a foremost Niger Delta activist, said on the same TV programme that the development was a sad thing and called for a thorough investigation into the matter.
She queried: “Could it be the People’s Democratic Party, PDP’s way to put a question mark on the Farouk Lawan-led committee’s subsidy probe report? We need to be careful while investigating this allegation.
“We do not have credible and responsible government in Nigeria anymore. The people must rise up and make their leaders accountable for their actions.”
Most lawyers spoken to on the issue, said with the development, the report of the committee can no longer enjoy any iota of credibility.
Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, a human rights lawyer, said corruption is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of the country.
He said no effort should be spared in getting to the root of the matter since there is a video recording of the transaction.
He demanded that the video be shown on national television so that all Nigerians can see, adding that once the evidence is proved, the report cannot enjoy credibility.
Barrister Supo Sewa, another lawyer, said the matter should be thoroughly investigated and anyone found culpable must be prosecuted, calling it a two-way traffic.
Another lawyer, Mr. Paul Ogundele, also said recent happenings in the House of Representatives had confirmed Obasanjo’s claim that the National Assembly is made of crooks.
He called on security agencies to wade into the issue.
Barrister Alex Uzebu said the report was supposed to be tentative since the government said it was sending the report to the EFCC.
He, however said it was shameful and alarming that the chairman of such a committee collected money to undermine the outcome of the report.
He said Lawan should resign immediately to aid thorough investigation into the issue.
Barrister Ade Oyebanji in his reaction said the matter should be thoroughly investigated considering mind-blowing revelations during the probe.
He said it was not impossible that there were forces at work trying to undermine the report.

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