Former Chairman of House
of Representative Ad Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Payments, Farouk
Lawan, and the secretary of the committee, Boniface Emenalo were granted bail by an Abuja court this morning after being held in prison for
about a week.
The Judge, Mudashiru Oniyangi, granted them bail on the sum of N10m each and directed them to submit their international passports with
the court registrar. He said they could only travel outside Nigeria
with the permission of the court.
According to the judge, the decision to grant bail is based on the
discretionary powers of the court and the inability of the prosecution
to file a counter affidavit to the one filed by the accused persons
detailing their reasons for asking for bail.
Hearing in the case has been fixed for April 10 and 17.
They are being prosecuted by the Federal Government for collecting $620, 000 (N93m) as bribe from business man, Femi Otedola, to remove his company, Zenon Oil, from the list of indicted companies.