A member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan, and the Secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee on Monitoring of Fuel Subsidy Regime, Boniface Emenalo, who are being detained at Kuje Prison, Abuja, on a court order, are enjoying special treatment that includes food cooked outside the prison wall. Both of them are being kept in a ‘choice cell’ befitting their status as Very Important Personalities.
A prison source who pleaded anonymity said, “Lawan and Emenalo were kept in the same cell, but they have said they will not eat the general food cooked in the facility. They have made arrangements to have their food brought to them from home by their family members.
“The prison authorities are not according them any special privilege, but being a lawmaker, Lawan cannot be treated like a common criminal because of his status, and besides, they have not been convicted yet.”
Lawan and Emenalo were remanded in prison custody on Friday following their arraignment by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission for allegedly receiving $620,000 as bribe from an oil mogul, Femi Otedola, when Farouk served as the chairman of the committee.