The trial of former chairman, House of Representatives ad-hoc committee for monitoring of fuel subsidy regime, Honourable Farouk Lawan, has again been stalled following the inability of the prosecution to pay the prescribed fee on a document sought to be tendered before the court.
At the resumed trial in Abuja yesterday, the prosecutor, Chief Solomon Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, informed the court of the refusal of the National Assembly officials to accept payment for the certified true copy of a document he obtained from them.
Attempts by the prosecuting counsel to obtain the permission of the court to pay the prescribed fees to the registry of the court were opposed by the defence lawyer, Mr Sekop Zumka, on the ground that the court was not in custody of the original copy of the said document.
Justice Angela Ataluka in a short ruling ordered the prosecution to explore the option of making payment to a recognised revenue collecting agency of the federal government.
She subsequently adjourned the case to March 7 and 8, 2016, for definite trial initiated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC.
Lawan, a former House of Representatives member from Kano State, is standing trial for allegedly receiving $500,000 from an oil magnate, Mr Femi Otedola, after making an initial demand of three million dollars.

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