The House of Representatives on Friday cut short its two-week recess to discuss the scandalous bribery allegation involving Honourable Farouk Lawan who chaired the Committee that investigated the fuel subsidy regime.
The House mandated its Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate Honourable Lawan and Boniface Emenalo.
A motion was the moved for the suspension of Honourable Farouk Lawan as the Chairman of the ad hoc Committee as well as from the Education Committee pending the outcome of the investigation. A similar motion was moved concerning Honourable Boniface Emenalo.
The Speaker of the House thereafter called on the Federal Government to implement the report of the ad hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy which he claimed remained “valid despite the recent controversy involving one of the members.”
The Speaker also urged that people should learn to separate individuals from institutions. Speaking further, he said “let me also affirm that we have not been compromised and we shall never be compromised.”
Meanwhile, Hon John Obubra has been picked as Chairman of the Fuel Subsidy Committee; he replaces Hon Lawan who is still being investigated for his role in the bribery scandal.
Friday’s plenary session did not end without the re-enlisting of Zenon, Femi Otedola’s company as one of those indicted in the fuel subsidy report. Hon Lawan had moved for the removal of two companies belonging to Otedola from the list and surprisingly, Lawan’s motion then did not encounter any objection.