Court strikes out Lawan’s objections
By Our Reporter
An Abuja High Court has struck out Farouk Lawan’s objection to the suit filed by Mr. Femi Otedola and his company, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Company.
In the suit filed before Justice Peter Kekemeke, Otedola is claiming one hundred billion naira (N100B) as general damages for acts of intimidation, loss of good-will and patronages occasioned by the bribery incident.
He is claiming another one hundred and fifty billion naira (N150B) against the defendants as exemplary damages for their alleged oppressive and arbitrary actions against him and his company.
Otedola and his company, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Company (co-plaintiff) are also challenging the alleged move by the House to re-list his company among the oil firms already indicted for allegedly defrauding the federal government.
Justice Kekemeke in his ruling held that Tambuwal and Lawan cannot hide under Immunity to shield themselves from legal action for the alleged wrongful acts carried against the plaintiff.
Otedola, in a 28-paragraph statement of claim averred that he became distressed by Lawan’s persistent phone calls threatening him that his company would be included in the list of indicted oil importers unless he paid the $3 million and reported the unlawful demands to security agencies who told him to play along by giving marked money to Lawan so as to gather evidence in the nefarious activities of the Lawmaker.