Nailed at last? N27bn Halliburton scam: IBB, Abdulsalami, Diya, 77 others indicted

// News | Top Stories | Nailed at last? N27bn Halliburton scam: IBB, Abdulsalami, Diya, 77 others indicted
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

EIGHTY PERSONS, foreigners and Nigerians, the living and the dead, among them four former Heads of State and two of their wives, as well as former Governors and Ministers – indeed the top echelons of the country’s political and military establishments, including technocrats – have been indicted by the United States law enforcement officials over the N27 billion Halliburton bribery scandal.

Among the foreigners are Jack Chagoury, Gilbert Chagoury, and T.W. Oerlemans, an Australian; but they are rather small fish compared with indicted former Nigerian Heads of State Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha, Ernest Shonekan, and Abdulsalami Abubakar.

 

Maryam, the late wife of Babangida; Mariam, the wife of the late Abacha, and his son, the late Ibrahim, are included; likewise Mike Akhigbe, the second in command in the Abdulsalami junta; former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu; and former military Governors of Rivers State, Anthony Ukpo and Samuel Ewang.

 

Also among the dead are Abdulkadir Ahmed, former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor; and renowned economist, Pius Okigbo, who headed the probe panel on the Gulf Crude Oil Excess sales set up by the CBN in 1994.

 

But among those alive are former Petroleum Minister, Rilwanu Lukman, and newly re-appointed National Security Adviser, Aliyu Gusau. (See full list).

 

According to the report of the investigators, the 80 persons received part of the N27 billion bribe facilitated by foreign contractors for Halliburton to get the contract to build the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) plant, Africa’s first, in Bonny, Rivers State.

 

The scandal dates back to 1994 when some foreign companies put up bids for the construction of the plant that was to cost $6 billion.

 

To win the contract, a joint venture company, named TSKJ, was set up – comprising equal holdings between some companies, Technip (French), Sanmprogetti (Italian), KBR (U.S.), and part of the Halliburton group and Japanese engineering and construction company, JGC.

 

The investigators said the consortium bribed political leaders and top government functionaries through Tri-Star Investment Limited and Marubeni Inc.

 

They also recruited British lawyer, Jeffery Tesler, to co-ordinate the affairs of Tri-Star, as well as Wojciech Chodan, an American, to co-ordinate the affairs of Marubeni.

 

TSKJ mandated Tri-Star to solely take charge of bribing Nigerian officials at senior level, Marubeni was restricted to bribing junior level officials.

 

Tesler disclosed in a court deposition that TSKJ mandated both companies to bribe the officials.

 

As part of the investigation, the Swiss Justice Department followed the steps of the Police Judiciare of France, which in 2003, started an investigation that revealed fraudulent Halliburton payments to Tesler.

 

In the U.S., KBR and Halliburton have admitted to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by engaging in a decade-long bribing scheme to secure contracts in Nigeria.

 

Both agreed to pay a combined fine of $579 million to settle criminal and civil charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice.

 

 

Those Indicted

 

 

  1. Ibrahim Babangida

     

     

  2. Maryam Babangida

     

     

  3. Ernest Shonekan

     

     

  4. Abubakar Abdulsalami

     

     

  5. M. D. Yusufu
  6.  

     

  7. T.W. Oerlemans

     

     

  8. Pius Okigbo

     

     

  9. Aminu Saleh

     

     

  10. Don Etiebet

     

     

  11. Aliyu Mohammed Gusau

     

     

  12. Edmund Daukoru

     

     

  13. Victoria Ihonde

     

     

  14. Toyin Olakunrin

     

     

  15. Gilbert Temisan Grant

     

     

  16. Gabriel Abolade Soyoye

     

     

  17. Patrick Dele-Cole

     

     

  18. E. Ihetu

     

     

  19. Onya (NNPC personnel)

     

     

  20. Sani Abacha

     

     

  21. Joshua Dogonyaro

     

     

  22. John Shagaya

     

     

  23. U. J. Itsueli

     

     

  24. Ombu Isokariari

     

     

  25. G.O. Ejiga

     

     

  26. Babagana Kingibe

     

     

  27. Hakeem Bello-Osagie

     

     

  28. J.O. Maduka

     

     

  29. Sena Anthony

     

     

  30. Dalhatu A. Bayero

     

     

  31. Ogenyi (NNPC official)

     

     

  32. I. Dapchi

     

     

  33. M.A. Olorunfemi

     

     

  34. Wilfred C. Eze

     

     

  35. Umar Baba

     

  36. Orji Kalu

     

     

  37. Jeremiah Useni

     

     

  38. Abba Gana

     

     

  39. Ibrahim Abacha

     

     

  40. Oladipo Diya
  41.  

     

  42. Chamberlain O. Oyibo

     

     

  43. Judith Attah

     

     

  44. Abdulkadir Ahmed

     

     

  45. Anthony Ani

     

     

  46. O.O. Okwara

     

     

  47. Philip Asiodu

     

     

  48. Endo (Marubeni Nigeria)

     

     

  49. Hamman Tukur

     

     

  50. S.J. Ollerearnshaw

     

     

  51. Dan Etete

     

     

  52. B. Soyode

     

     

  53. Akin Ogunleye

     

     

  54. Tom Ikimi

     

     

  55. Gidado Idris

     

     

  56. Sola Alabi

     

     

  57. Ismaila Gwarzo

     

     

  58. Mariam Abacha

     

     

  59. Halilu Akilu

     

     

  60. Abdullahi Mohammed

     

     

  61. Hamza El-Mustapha

     

     

  62. Ibrahim Aliyu

     

     

  63. Edmund Ayoola

     

     

  64. Anthony Ukpo

     

     

  65. Samuel Ewang

     

     

  66. Ismaila Usman

     

     

  67. Tunde Soleye

     

     

  68. Christ Akerele

     

     

  69. Umaru Shinkafi

     

     

  70. Philip Chukwu

     

     

  71. Bunu Sherrif Musa

     

     

  72. Rilwan Lukman

     

     

  73. Aret Adams

     

     

  74. Mike Akhigbe

     

     

  75. Faruk Iya

     

     

  76. Hassan Adamu

     

     

  77. Prince Nzekwe

     

     

  78. Gen. Adeyosun

     

     

  79. Jasper Jumbo

     

     

  80. Jack Chagoury

     

  81. Gilbert Chagoury

     

  82. Mohammed Atikua
Tagged : Kelvin Santos, Yobe State House of Assembly, Adamu Salihu, Ojo Maduekwe, Raymond Madhibha, Miami Cannibal Victim, Yovonka Bryant, Economic Recession, Adamu Ciroma, Emmanuel Chimaobi Adinna Okoro, Chinedu Okoro

Headlines Newsview all

Farewell game for Amodu and Keshi scheduled for July 23

The Lagos State Government in conjunction with the Sports Writer’s Association of Nigeria (Lagos Chapter) and the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, have set up a ... Full story

Commissioner of Police says Farouk Lawan?s $500,000 bribery sting operation claim is false

The police on Tuesday told a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Lugbe, Abuja, that there was no truth in the claim by ... Full story

Fani-Kayode Reveals: EFCC Plans To Keep Me In Custody For Five Years Without Trial For Attacking Buhari?s Policies

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has raised the alarm over the alleged action of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to keep him ... Full story

Buhari Has Authorized Discussions With Niger Delta Militants Says Kachikwu

Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu on Monday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized the opening of discussions with the Niger Delta militants. Speaking ... Full story

Buhari Replies Saraki: No Cabal Has Hijacked My Government

President Muhammadu Buhari has faulted Senate President Bukola Saraki over his claim that a cabal has hijacked the government. Buhari in a statement by his Special ... Full story

APC Should Hide Its Head In Shame For Deceiving Nigerians With Change Says APGA

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has laughed off the claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it would take over Anambra State in ... Full story

Senate Forgery Scandal: Buhari Has Declared War On Us Says Ekweremadu

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has accused the presidency of declaring war on the country’s legislature. In a statement he personally signed, he said ... Full story

Gun Battle In Ogun As Niger Delta Militants And Soldier Exchange Bullets

Gunmen suspected to be Niger-Delta militants on Monday invaded part of Ebute-Ibafo in Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun State and prevented the state ... Full story

CBN Threatens To Fire Banks CEO

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has threatened to suspend bank CEOs and MDs if they fail to publish their audited financial statements within the ...

VP Osinbajo: Our Nation Expects Great Miracles

Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the weekend said the nation expects great miracles to happen for national development and peace. Osinbajo stated this ...

Dubai Properties: Falana And Afenifere Want Buratai Investigated

Prominent Nigerians and groups on Monday urged the Federal Government, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to investigate the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. ...

Comment on: Nailed at last? N27bn Halliburton scam: IBB, Abdulsalami, Diya, 77 others indicted

Rate this article

0

Featured author

chuky01

Breaking News

Workers ask federal govt to investment into auto industry

Members of the Automobile, Boatyards, Transport, Equipment and Allied Senior Staff Association have urged the Federal Government to invest in the auto industry, own its ... Full story

Rio Olympics: Dream Team VI Undergo Medicals

Nigeria U23 team have commenced the mandatory Pre-Competition Medical Assessment (PCMA) for the Rio Olympics. The team had their last training yesterday so that the players ...

OAP Freeze Sylishy Throws Shade At His Colleagues With Fake Accents

According to Freeze the act is prevalent amongst Nigerian OAP's who don’t stay true to themselves. He took to Instagram to share his opinion on Nigerian ...

Top Nollywood Comes Out For President Buhari, You Won?t Believe What She Said

Famous Nollywood actress Halima Abubakar, who recently clocked 31-years old, is enjoying all the fame and fortune her career has brought her thus far. In a ...

Oritsefemi Orders The Arrest Of His Manager Over Theft And Conspiracy

According to reports, Danku was arrested right on the red carpet of the event. Sources confirm that the singer had Danku arrested by the Lagos State ...

Apostle Psalm Okpe: How Female Gospel Singer Died In My Hotel Room

After a long silence, founder of the Fresh Oil Ministry, Apostle Psalm Okpe has opened up on the circumstances that led to the death of ... Full story

Fathia Balogun Conferred With New Title

At a ceremony held at the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Ebute-Metta, the actress was conferred with a chieftancy title adding another feather to her cap. The title ...

Hausa Artiste Disappears After Singing About Corrupt Politician

By Umar Yusuf Yola—Ado Daukaka, a popular local Hausa singer in Adamawa State, has been abducted in mysterious circumstances, few hours after releasing a song against ...

Chai: Curvy Female Rapper Shuts Down BET Awards With Plunging Boobs In Revealing Outfit

Remy Ma who is an American female rapper known for notoriety like Lil Kim and the likes made herself the cynosure of all eyes at ... Full story

Nigerian Actress, Toyin Aimakhu Exposes Luscious Cleavage In Native Outfit

Yoruba actress, Toyin Aimakhu graced her Instagram page with an appealing photo of her cleavage on display. The single woman wore a beautiful native outfit ... Full story