$620,000 bribery scandal probe to end in two weeks-Police

:::::::::::The Force Headquarters has said it will
conclude, within two weeks, investigations
into the $620,000 bribery scandal involving
the former chairman, House Commitee on
Fuel Subsidy Probe, Farouk Lawan, and Zenon
Oil and Gas Chairman, Femi Otedola.
Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank
Mba, told our correspondent in Abuja on
Thursday that the Special Task Force
handling the matter was close to concluding
its investigations.
Though he declined to give a definite date when the STF would wrap up its probe, Mba gave
assurances that the team had been connecting the missing links in the bribery scandal and
would soon present its final report to the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-
General of the Federation for further action.
He said, “The police were not under any pressure to drop the case as people have been
insinuating. The STF is close to completing its investigations and in a couple of weeks, say
two to three weeks, the team would conclude investigations.”
Asked if the police had received from the State Security Service the video of the purported
sting operation it carried out against Lawan and Boniface Emenalo, Mba said the police had
all they needed on the case.
Nigerians who had followed police investigations into the scandal with keen interest had
expressed disappointment over the seeming inability of investigators to recover the bribe
from Lawan, Boniface Emenalo and other members of the ad hoc commitee on fuel subsidy
Though the police had interrogated them several times, none of them including the House
committee chairman on Narcotics, Adams Jagaba, could provide the money or provide
information that could lead to its recovery.
Lawan had dribbled the police endlessly, promising to come with the bribe money without
doing so.
Police sources said detectives believed Lawan had spent the money and was only engaging
in antics to buy time and wear out the STF.
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