Four Senior Advocates of Nigeria, representing Farouk Lawan have petitioned the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, asking for a face-to-face confrontation between the lawmaker and Otedola.
The lawyers are Mike Ozekhome, Rickey Tarfa, Isreal Olorundare and Sam Ologunorisa.
They said Lawan was willing “to have a face-to-face confrontation with Otedola before you (the IG) in the course of investigation into this matter.”
They challenged the “State Security Service, the police, Mr. Otedola or any other person for that matter, to produce for public viewing the video or film and call logs of the conversation between him (Lawan) and Otedola unedited and undoctored.”
According to them, Lawan never visited Otedola’s house in Lagos to collect the $500,000.
The lawyers also claimed that the lawmaker did not hide the so-called bribe money “in his pocket, and the leftover inside his cap.”
In a nine-page petition titled, “Honourable Farouk Lawan and Mr. Femi Otedola: When the complainant becomes the suspect”, the lawyers said that their client briefed them that he never solicited $3m or any other sum from Otedola as bribe.
They stated, “The truth is that contrary to the various false publications in the press, which appear to swing the mood of the public against our client, our client maintains that whilst the report of the committee had been compiled, written and presented before the House and he was putting finishing touches to its formal debate in his hotel room at Protea Hotel, Apo, Abuja (to which he had relocated from his house to escape the unbearable pressure mounted on him by oil marketers, including Mr. Otedola), he was surprised when Otedola surfaced in the hotel on Saturday, 21, April, 2012 and called his room number.
“When our client let him in, he brought out a bundle of documents which he claimed showed that one of his oil companies, Zenon Oil, already indicted in the report, did not participate in the fuel subsidy scam.
“Our client states that, at this time, both Zenon Oil and AP Petroleum (now Forte Oil) had been both indicted based on available evidence. Mr. Otedola claimed that he was already aware of this indictment hence he decided to personally bring document to convince our client that that was not the case.”
The lawyers stated that their client collected the documents, adding that as Otedola was about to leave, he allegedly handed over $250,000 to Lawan.
They said Otedola told Lawan to ensure that his companies were removed from the list of indicted companies