…Alleged $20m bribery: What ex-AGF told Switzerland
Fresh facts emerged yesterday that a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello ( SAN) actually directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to probe the alleged $20million bribery scandal uncovered in Switzerland.
But it was the anti-graft commission which said the affected funds might have been consultancy fees.
The Swiss authorities, through the Office of The Attorney-General, Department of International Affairs on May 2, 2012 had implicated some Nigerians in the $20million scandal alongside Dredging International Services (Cyprus) Ltd.
Findings however confirmed that the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan referred the allegations to the EFCC.
It also sent the outcome of the EFCC investigation to Felix Reinmann, the Swiss Federal Attorney.
A letter by a former Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke( SAN) revealed the steps taken by the Federal Government.
The letter said: “I refer to your letter dated 2nd May 2012, wherein you forwarded a Mutual Legal Assistance request to Nigeria on the above subject matter. The request was brought pursuant to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and the International Law Principle of Reciprocity.
“The documents on further findings of the executing competent authority the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission revealed that the money were paid as consultancy fee to the various recipients.
“The said documents are herein forwarded to you verbatim.
“Accept please, the assurances of my highest consideration and esteemed regards.
According to Premium Times Newspaper, Dredging International Services (Cyprus) Ltd was sentenced to a fine of one million Swiss Francs and asked to refund 36 million Swiss Francs illegal profit.
The fines were imposed after the company was indicted for allegedly making illicit payments to a former Managing Director of the NPA; a former Managing Director of NPA’s Eastern Ports, ; a former Executive Director of Finance at the NPA; and a former executive assistant to a Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Investigators believe that the executive assistant acted on behalf of Jonathan’s aide
The trio from NPA collectively received $2.6million in kickbacks, the executive assistant was said to have been paid $157,000 for unknown reasons.
Another $18million dollar was passed to companies in which some yet unknown Nigerian officials have interests.