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Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper News Alleged N540m fraud: OSOPADEC boss arraigned Sports Free-of-injury Super Eagles ready for Rwanda tie Business Fed Govt releases N404.1b to ministries, agencies P6 P24 P4 VOL. 7, NO. 2157 FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012 TR UTH IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM TRUTH N150.00 •ALL FOR THE COMRADE: From left: Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chairman Chief Bisi Akande, Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, his Edo State counterpart Adams Oshiomhole, ACN National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi and his Ogun State counterpart Ibikunle Amosun at ‘An Evening with the Comrade’ in Lagos…last night. The programme is a fund-raiser for Oshiomhole’s re-election. The election is scheduled for July 14. PHOTO: NIYI ADENIRAN THE CASH-FOR-CLEARANCE SCANDAL $620,000 bribe: Police detain Farouk Lawan Leave Jonathan out of scandal, says Presidency Rep may be taken to court on Monday Tambuwal meets with ex-officials •SNG: President knows about it P From Yusuf Alli, Abuja F AROUK Lawan, chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee which probed the fuel subsidy scandal, was detained last night. The Police Special Task Force is holding the lawmaker for the alleged $620,000 bribe, which businessman Femi Otedola said he gave him. Lawan said he collected the cash to prove that the Zenon Oil chief put him under pressure. Also detained is the Clerk of the Ad Hoc Committee, Boniface Emenalo, who is belived to have collected $120,000, part of the bribe. Lawan, after a five-hour grilling, had his fate sealed at 9pm when the Task Force told his counsel, Mr. Israel Olorundare(SAN) and Mr. Sam Ologunorisa(SAN), that he could not be granted bail. Continued on Page 4 •SEE ALSO PAGE 59 •Lawan •Otedola RESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has asked to be left out of the House of Representatives’ cash-forclearance scandal. Dr. Jonathan noted that he has no reason or desire to meddle in the affairs of the House of Representatives and its leadership. The President, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesman Dr. Reuben Abati, described as false and baseless the insunuation that the executive plans to unseat the leadership of the House. The Presidency said attempts to drag it into the matter are entirely speculative and without factual foundation The statement reads: From Victor Oluwasegun, Dele Anofi and Gbenga Omokhunu Abuja “The Presidency has denounced the lame and diversionary attempt by some newspapers to drag the person and office of the President into the very unsavoury bribery scandal involving the Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Fuel Subsidy Probe Ad-Hoc Committee and a wellknown petroleum products marketer. “The mischievous insinuation in today’s editions of the newspapers that the entire affair, in which the two key players have publicly confessed their roles, is part Continued on Page 4 •SPORTS P24 •SOCIETYP25 •BRANDP29•E-POLITICS P43 •AGRICP50

The Nation June 15, 2012

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