A High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has sentenced Farouk Lawan, a former chairman of the house of representatives ad-hoc committee on petroleum subsidy, to seven years in prison.
Lawan, while probing a multi-billion naira fuel subsidy fraud in 2012, was accused of soliciting and collecting a $3 million bribe from businessman, Femi Otedola.
He had denied the allegation.
The former lawmaker who appeared in court on Tuesday, was found guilty of count one, two, and three bothering on corruptly asking for and obtaining same from Femi Otedola, in order to exonerate Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited from the list of companies in the fuel subsidy scam.
For count one and two, the court sentenced him to seven years in jail, while for count three he was sentenced to five years.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
The court also ordered him to return the sum of $500,000 to the Federal Government.