The messy bribery scandal involving a member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan, and owner of Zenon Oil and Gas Limited, Femi Otedola, took an interesting twist on Monday.
Early yesterday that the bribery video might be aired on national television anytime soon. Our correspodents gathered that six video tapes and 16 audio tapes were likely to be made available to major television networks in the coming days.
However, our correspondents could not confirm if the tapes were to be released by the State Security Service or one of the parties to the dispute.
Also on Monday, one of the audio clips of the‘transaction was played by a Lagos-based independent Channels Television.
The tape,which ran for about two minutes, contained a conversation believed to be between Otedola and Lawan.
N96m telephone conversation
OTEDOLA: How are you sir? I don’t want to bring it (money) to my house.
LAWAN: Your house?
OTEDOLA: No, I don’t want to bring it to my house. It’s a lot of money.
LAWAN: Oh yes. So where, because I’m hastening to the…
You are in the airport now?
OTEDOLA: Yes. At the airport; in an aircraft.
LAWAN: And before they can come over now… unless I send somebody to the airport. I can’t leave by the time they come; I will be in the chambers. I have a lot of things to do myself.
OTEDOLA: Is there anybody you trust that I can give it to? Or maybe I should just postpone my travelling to China till tomorrow?
LAWAN: No, no, no. in fact I will arrange with someone. Let me give you his number.
LAWAN: His number is 080…
OTEDOLA: Hold on, hold on, hold on.
OTEDOLA: What is the name?
LAWAN: No, TJ.
FEMI: Ok, so I will give him the balance. That is $2.5m.
LAWAN: That is right. Just hold on. I am calling him to be sure his phone is through.
OTEDOLA: Where will I meet him?
LAWAN: Hold on, hold on, just hold on, just hold on.
Don’t quick send…..