ABUJA— Indications emerged, yesterday, in Abuja that despite the disclosure by the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Economic Crimes, Jagaba Adams Jagaba, claiming ignorance of the $620,000 subsidy bribe money which Farouk Lawan alleged to have given him, Police investigators are still bent on going ahead with inviting him to Force Headquarters to face the Special Task Force for questioning.
It will be recalled that Hon. Jagaba and some members of his committee were invited by the STF last Friday, following Hon. Farouk’s written statement disclosing that on receipt of the $620, 000 from Chairman, Zenon Oil, Femi Otedola, that he handed the money over to Hon. Jagaba for safe keeping, promising to return the money to the Police.
Contacted on the development, Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba disclosed that while the Police respected the right and authority of the House of Representatives to carry out their own investigations, such should not interfere with that of the police which is the institution constitutionally charged with criminal investigation.
He said: “The Police are carrying out a painstaking and discreet investigation in this matter.”
The investigation may take time because the Police in its characteristics manner would want all loopholes covered. That may not be the case with the House, so there is need for the Police as an institution doing its job, to be respected”.
It would be recalled that shortly before Hon. Jagaba’s letter to the Speaker Aminu Tambuwal was made available to the media, Police investigators had expected he and members of his committee but as at Tuesday, they were no where near the Force headquarters.
Vanguard had gathered that the reluctance of the chairman and members of the committee to appear before the Police investigation team, may not be unconnected with suspicion that the money may have gone through many hands and could not be retrieved intact and the fact that it would be difficult to trace.
Moreover, it was suspected that the statement of Hon. Farouk Lawan stating that he handed over the money to the EFCC Committee may turn out to be disputable as no single word of acceptance has emanated from either the chairman or members of the committee.
However, while Hon. Farouk is yet to return the $620,000, detectives investigating the matter are said to working round the clock, putting final touches to the report of the investigation which would form the basis for prosecution after the Police High Command would have Okayed the investigation report.
As a result of the continued investigation and Lawan’s promise to bring the bribe money to the Police, Vanguard gathered that the former Subsidy Probe Panel Chairman has been asked to report twice a week to Force headquarters and that he is to report to the investigating team on Thursday, June 21.