The Supreme Court has upheld the five years sentence of former House of Representatives member, Farouk Lawan, for receiving a bribe of $500,000 from businessman Femi Otedola.


In the lead judgment read by Justice Tijjani Abubakar, the five-member panel unanimously affirmed the 2022 judgment of the Court of Appeal which upheld Lawan’s sentencing to five years in respect of only count three on the three-count charge on which he was tried at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory


The apex court held that Lawan’s appeal was without merit and dismissed it.


Lawan who was convicted and sentenced to prison in 2021 for accepting a $500,000 bribe from businessman, Femi Otedola, Chairman, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited.sought to set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which sentenced him to a five-year jail term and discharged him on two out of the three counts.


Reacting to the judgement, prosecutor Aderonke Imana submitted that law will always take its course no matter how long it takes.

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