Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has filed a 16 count charge of corruption against, Dick Cheney, a former US Vice President and former President of Halliburton, and eight others at a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja in connection with an alleged bribery scandal involving Halliburton.
Mr. Cheney was charged alongside Halliburton INC, Halliburton Nigeria Limited, Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc (Kbr), Albert â€śJackâ€ť Stanley (former KBR chief executive), William Utt(KBR Chief Executive Officer), David Lesar (Halliburton Chief Executive), TSKJ Nigeria Limited, and TSKJ Consortium were charged along with Mr. Cheney over an alleged plot to bribe Nigerian government officials dating back to the early 1990s.
They are accused of committing an offence under Section 96(1) (a) of Nigeria's Penal Code by giving $132 million to Jeffrey Tessler, Wojcieh J Chodan and Tri-Star Investment Limited for bribing goverment officials in Nigeria for the award of a contract for a Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Nigeria.
Count one of the charges states: â€śThat you, Halliburton Inc., Halliburton Nigeria Limited, Kellog, Brown and Root and Root Inc., Richard Dick Cheney, Albert "Jack" Stanley, Willaim Utt, David Lessar, TSKJ Nigeria Limited and TSKJ Consortium within the Abuja Division of the Abuja high court, sometime between 1994 and 2005 conspired with Snamprogetti Netherlands B.V., Technip S.A. Japan Gasoline Corp of Japan to commit a felony, to wit: giving the sum of USD132,000,00.00 to one Jeffrey Tesler (now at large), Wojcieh J Chodan (now at large) and Tri-Star Investment Limited for the purpose of gratification of public officials concerned with the award of contract of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas project in Nigeria thereby committed an offence under Section 96 (1) (a) Penal Code and Punishable under Section 118 of the Penal Code.â€ť
In 2009, KBR, a former Halliburton unit, pleaded guilty to charges, in the U.S., that it paid $180 million in bribes between 1994 and 2004 to Nigerian officials to secure $6 billion in contracts for the Bonny Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Nigeria's Niger Delta. KBR reached a $577 million settlement with the United States government.
To date, none of the Nigerians implicated in the scandal has been prosecuted.
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ozioma london, nigeria December 13, 2010
i don'no what wrong with my good people nigeria
Francis Aga Lagos, Nigeria December 11, 2010
Where are the names of the Nigeria officials who finally received these monies? Why can't EFCC start from them before playing a publicity staunt. You want to make EFCC credible by indicting the VP of US. Start from within and get those guys who received Halliburton bribe in Nigeria. You know them and they are with you.
W.A **, ** December 10, 2010
Such propaganda... Mrs. Waziri may only care to make a name for herself (trying to make Nigerians believe she is a warrior against crime to the extent of indicting a former US VP) whereas she (as well as all of us) knows it's an exercise in futility, and a waste of Nigeria's money and resources.. Please justify your salaries by making meaning prosecutions (that add back to Nigeria and Nigerians)...
henry ekenkwo mumbai, india December 09, 2010
thos Nigerians implicated in the scandal has to name and brought to justice and prosecuted
GAVIN London, UK December 09, 2010
Why are we making ourselves laughing stocks in the western world? You have not charged obansajo and others yet you want to charge ex. Vice president of the United States of America; are you in the real world?
You must enlighten yourself by reading "shine your eyes mama Africa....memoir of an enlightened african". We must cease to be ignorant and for me, this charge is laughable and not thought through unless Obama has promised to give him up; you get it!