The Federal Government (FG) has ordered a fresh review of the Siemens and Halliburton cases, Daily Trust has gathered. Former Managing Director and Director of Finance of Siemens Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Edward Seidel and Mr. Klaus Gilbert respectively in collaboration with some consultants bribed top Nigerian officials to the tune of $17.5 million.
The Halliburton scandal concerned the payment of millions of dollars to senior Nigerian officials to secure a construction contract for a liquefied natural gas plant in Bonny Island in the Niger Delta. German industrial conglomerate Siemens subsequently agreed to pay a $1.6 billion settlement to U.S. and European authorities for bribery of officials around the world, including Nigeria.
President Buhari, according to sources close to him, consequently, directed the appropriate security agencies to reopen investigations into the case and make appropriate recommendations to him.
“Following this development, President Buhari has directed the investigation committee made up of representatives of all security agencies to dust off the files and complete the investigations and charge those indicted to court,” the source said.
Key security officers involved in the investigations and lawyers at the Federal Ministry of Justice have started retrieving files and dusting off documents on the case. When contacted on phone yesterday, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren asked for time to get the relevant information across to our correspondent.