The Federal Government of Nigeria has made good its threat to punish all those involved in the infamous Halliburton fraud, which saw a foreign consortium of companies bribing Nigerian officials with over $180million to win contracts to build the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas plant.
It was gathered that Nigeria lost $26 million to corrupt officials in the monumental scandal as several well connected and highly placed persons who had benefitted from the fraud from other countries had been sentenced to various jail terms and made to pay various sums of fines to their governments.
In the meantime, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reopened investigation into the unresolved fraud, as at Thursday, February 11, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Damian Dodo, was quizzed for eight hours by a new panel of operatives over his role in the Halliburton deal.
Among those currently being probed are two former Heads of state, Five Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), a deceased Emir and his son, and a former minister.
Many other suspects in the global scandal are expected to be questioned in the weeks ahead.
It was reported that an estimated $22, 417, 000 and DRM 500,000 of the $180 million was shared as inducement to several top official in the administration of Late Gen. Sani Abacha, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar and President Olusegun Obasanjo.
An impeccable source, told Punch Newspapers, that:
“The EFCC is revisiting the $180million Halliburton scandal based on fresh evidence. In fact, the list of the beneficiaries of the bribe is already with the commission.
“A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Damian Dodo, was quizzed for eight hours Thursday, February 11 by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as the Commission stepped up investigations into the controversial Halliburton scam.
“The SAN was questioned for his role in the alleged $26 million bribery allegation against a former minister and five other Senior Advocates.
“Specifically, Dodo allegedly received $4.5million through his firm, DD Dodo and Co. from multinational companies involved in the Halliburton bribery scandal under the cover of legal fees.
“He was also alleged to have withdrawn over $2million cash for purposes that are unclear, in flagrant violation of extant money laundering regulations.”