HALLIBURTON Scandal: Nigeria Moves Against Suspects
•EFCC quizes Dodo, senior lawyer for 8 hours
•We recovered $200m for FG –Dodo
THE Federal Government has made good its threat to unveil and punish all those involved in the Halliburton fraud, which made international headlines.
Nigeria is said to have lost at least $26 million to corrupt officials in the high-wire financial scandal, in which other key players from several countries have been sentenced to various jail terms and made to pay various sums of fines to their governments.
EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu While those from foreign lands who gave the bribes have since been punished by their respective governments, the beneficiaries from Nigeria are yet to be fished out and sanctioned. However, about two weeks after the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, indicated that the Halliburton scandal had not been closed, the Federal Government has moved to unveil and punish the suspects.
As a starting point, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has quizzed a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Damian Dodo, over his role in the Halliburton deal. Many other suspects in the global scandal are expected to be questioned in the weeks ahead.
Saturday Vanguard learned from competent EFCC sources that Dodo was questioned by top operatives of the commission over his alleged involvement in the case for over eight hours on Thursday. Sources close to the investigation disclosed that Dodo was questioned for his role in the alleged $26million bribery allegation against a former minister and five other Senior Advocates.
Specifically, Dodo is alleged to have received $4.5million through his firm, DD Dodo and Co. from the multinational firms 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 He was also alleged to have withdrawn over $2million cash, for purposes that EFCC described as unclear and in flagrant violation of extant money laundering regulations. But Dodo told Saturday Vanguard that he and five other top Nigerians only received payments for their legal services and nothing more.