Four ex-Heads if State, 89 others indicted in Halliburton scandal

Despite the payment of fines by some companies, fresh facts emerged yesterday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may soon bring prominent Nigerians implicated in the $180m Halliburton bribe to justice.

According to The Nation newspaper, about four former Heads of State and 89 prominent Nigerians were allegedly linked with the scandal.

In all, 76 prominent Nigerians are listed in the five notebooks submitted by the Halliburton Group to the EFCC.

There were indications yesterday that the anti-graft agency may quiz some of those listed.

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources has admitted collecting inducement from the bribery agent, Jeffrey Tesler/TSKJ.

It was learnt that about $2.5million was paid into the ex-minister’s account in Switzerland in 1998.

A top source in EFCC said: “We are looking into all aspects of the Halliburton scandal, including the bribe takers. This latest probe of the scandal is comprehensive.”

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