Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has resurrected the $182 million Halliburton bribery case with an aim to carefully prosecute all those involved in the scandal.
This is as a result of the request from the United States government that unless all the culprits were brought to book, part of the bribe money, about $140 million, recovered and still in the US, would not be repatriated to Nigeria.
The United State government’s report on the Halliburton bribery scandal had indicted three former Nigerian leaders, a former number two citizen, a minister, intelligence chiefs and corporate giants in the list of bribery beneficiaries.
Jeffry Tesler, who was the intermediary in the payment of the bribes paid to secure the contract for the final phase of the multi-billion naira Nationa Liquefied Natural Gas project was sentenced to 21 months in prison and forfeited $148.964 million from his Swiss accounts to the United States government.
It was learnt that the case was investigated four years ago by a security panel headed by retired AIG Ahmadu Ali, who at the end of the case charged a former personal aide to a former Head of State to court but the case was later struck out due to lack of diligent prosecution.