Tuesday, November 30, 2010

$240m scam: EFCC summons Shell MD, seven Panalpina officials

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has summoned the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Halliburton and Shell Petroleum over the alleged involvement of their firms in the distribution of $180 million and $240 million bribe funds respectively.

Daily Sun learnt that formal letters of invitation for the two CEOs to appear at the EFCC’s head office in Abuja today, November 30, were sent to the Nigerian head offices of the two companies in Lagos on Monday.

Operatives of the anti-graft agency had last week raided the two companies where about 21 of their expatriate and Nigerian top officials were arrested. They were granted administrative bail over the weekend while their travel documents were seized.

Apart from the invited CEOs billed to appear today, the MDs of Technip and Saipem, both of who are linked to the Halliburton bribe scam are also to report in the Abuja office of the EFCC besides four other expatriate officials of Panalpina and two from Halliburton.

Beside this, eight Nigerian officials of Halliburton as well as seven of their counterparts in Panalpina will also face EFCC interrogators at the commission’s office in Lagos today.

While the Halliburton, Technip and Saipem officials are being probed over a $180 million bribe scam, Shell and Panalpina officials are being grilled over the alleged complicity of their companies in the sharing of $240 million bribe to some officials in Nigeria, Angola, Libya and other countries between 2001 and 2006.
When contacted on the invitations to the companies’ officials, EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Femi Babafemi, said the summons were part of on-going investigations of the bribery scams.