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S’Court to hear ex-lawmaker indicted by Otedola, Farouk Lawan’s appeal today

The Supreme Court will on Friday hear an appeal by a former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan against the judgments of the lower court which imprisoned him.

A cause list of the court sighted Friday by our correspondent showed the matter will be heard today.

A Federal Capital Territory High Court had sentenced Lawan to seven years imprisonment for receiving a $500,000 bribe while serving as the chairman of the House’s ad-hoc committee investigating the fuel subsidy fraud in 2012.

The trial judge, Angela Otaluka, held that Lawan demanded N3 million and received $500,000 from Femi Otedola in 2012 to remove Otedola’s oil company, Zenon Oil and Gas, from the list of firms indicted for fraud in the fuel subsidy regime.

Otaluka also held that Lawan was guilty of all three counts of corruption and bribery.

Not satisfied, Lawan approached the appellate court where his jail term was reduced from seven to five years.

Lawan is at the apex court urging the court to set aside the judgments of the lower court.

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