Politics Hidden Details of Halliburton Bribery Scandal Revealed

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The EFCC may re-arraign people implicated in the Halliburton bribery scandal following the discovery of fresh evidence, the Nation reports.

A document has confirmed the ongoing investigation by the EFCC that many public officers played some roles in the deal with the five companies.

It alleged that National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Aliyu Gusau and a former Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Col. Kayode Are, facilitated out of court settlement with five companies on the $180million Halliburton bribery scandal.

The document, which is being reviewed by the EFCC, states in part: “As soon as the criminal suits were filed, the then NSA, General Aliyu Gusau, called for an Out of Court Settlement in view of the strategic role that Julius Berger (one of the companies implicated in the bribery scandal) plays in our economy.

“It was, therefore, agreed that a settlement meeting be held in his office and he nominated the Deputy NSA in the person of Kayode Are to chair the meeting.

“To serve as deterrence, it was agreed that companies involved would be made to disgorge 5 (five) times the amount that was transmitted through them and also pay the solicitors’ fees as was done in the Pfizer’s case involving the Federal Government.

“That was how Julius Berger was made to pay $26million to the Federal Government of Nigeria exclusive of the solicitors’ fees, which was paid to them directly. This was with the knowledge and involvement of the EFCC nominated lawyer and Secretary.

“This strategy became the threshold for negotiations with the rest of the companies at the instance of the EFCC themselves who came up with a lot of companies to negotiate and pay the FGN directly through the CBN and over $200 million were collected.”


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