Abuja - The Federal Government is set to launch a comprehensive probe into the controversial Halliburton bribery case in which top Nigerian politicians allegedly received huge bribes in the region of N66 billion.
Top government officials between 1994 and 1998 were accused of taking bribes amounting to millions of dollars from five major companies that were awarded $6 billion for the construction of gas trains in Bonny Island in Rivers State for the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company, NLNG.
The probe is set to determine whether the sum of $200 million said to have been paid by the five companies, which were indicted over the scam, was indeed remitted into the purse of the government.
The fresh enquiry will also ascertain why five senior Nigerian lawyers, who negotiated with the indicted multinational firms to escape prosecution in Nigeria and paid the $200 million fines, collected close to $12 million as ‘legal fees’ from the fines.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said both criminal and civil charges would be pressed against the suspects.
- News 24