US$3m scandal linked to fuel subsidy rocks Nigeria parliament
Nigeria’s House of Representatives has been rocked by a US$3million bribery scandal, with some embittered lawmakers on Wednesday distancing themselves the Chairman of the fuel subsidy probe committee.
The Chairman, Representative Farouk Lawal has now admitted that he collected the bribe, after earlier strongly denying.
Despite the denial, some members of the House were determined to keep the issues regarding the investigations in focus.
Eighteen oil servicing firms had been accused of claiming subsidy funds over products they did not supply.
The Nigerian government had to pay a total of one point 3 trillion Naira in 2011 on fuel subsidy alone.
The corruption in the downstream oil sector gave rise to the removal of the subsidy, which later snowballed into 17 days of nationwide protests and strike early this year.
As WADR’s Abuja Correspondent Martins Martins reports, ordinary citizens have been reacting to the latest developments in the corridors of Nigerian politics.
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