A former Chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on Petroleum Subsidy, Farouk Lawan has been sentenced to seven years in prison for receiving a $500,000 bribe from a businessman, Femi Otedola.
The High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) presided by Justice Angella Otaluka on Tuesday found him guilty of counts one, two, and three bothering on corruptly asking for and obtaining same, in order to exonerate Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited from the list of companies in the fuel subsidy scam.
The court on counts one and two the court sentenced him to seven years while for count three he was sentenced to five years.
The court said the sentences are to run concurrently.
The court also ordered that the defendant return the sum of $500,000 to the Federal Government.