A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory has sentenced the former Chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on Petroleum Subsidy, Farouk Lawan to seven years in prison.
Lawan was found guilty of count one, two, and three bothering on corruption, asking for and obtaining money from Mr. Femi Otedola in order to exonerate Zelon Petroleum and Gas Limited from the list of companies in the fuel subsidy scam seven years ago.
For count one and two the court sentenced him to seven years while for count three he was sentenced to five years.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
The court also ordered that the defendant return the sum of $500,000 in dispute to the Federal Government. His lawyers are yet to serve a notice of appeal.
Lawan served four terms at the House of Representatives for the Bagwa/Shanono Federal Constituency of Kano State.