President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration may soon begin probe into the Siemens and Halliburton bribery scandals.
The Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami has disclosed this while speaking to Vanguard in Abuja. He stated emphatically that the current government had not closed any criminal case being investigated in the country.
Malami also dismissed any claim that the president was afraid of taking up the Halliburton and Siemens cases because the key suspects were top military leaders, mentioning that the President is not afraid to do what is right in the interest of Nigerians.
The AGF further stated that the President has zero tolerance for corruption, stressing that the federal government would not close any corruption case no matter who is involved.
No extraneous influence can influence our actions as we move to fight corruption in all its ramifications. To be noted also is the clear fact that no criminal case can be closed once the facts are handy regardless of who is involved.
He also added that in its pursuit of corruption cases in the country, the government would observe the rule of law.
The Halliburton scandal can be traced back to 1994 when the Nigerian government launched ambitious plans to build the Bonny Island Natural Liquefied Gas Project (BINLGP). The scandal concerned $182 million that was funneled to Nigerian officials to secure the construction contract for the Liquefied Natural Gas Plant in Bonny Island in the Niger Delta.
A report released by the American government showed that the names of prominent Nigerians, including former military Heads of State, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Senator Jubril Aminu, in the list of beneficiaries accused of collecting bribes to award multi-million dollar contracts to the foreign companies.
President Goodluck Jonathan administration had reportedly made attempts to probe into the cases but its efforts were allegedly thwarted by some officials.
The Federal Government is reportedly set to revisit the Halliburton scandal and probe Nigerians who received bribes from the international companies.