Friday, June 4, 2010

EFFC awaits siemens officials over 17.5 million euro bribery scandal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has invited top officials of the German telecommunication company, siemens to give account of 17.5 million euro bribery scandal involving top government official in Nigeria.

EFCC Chairman, Farida Waziri said that the invitation of the telecommunications firm’s officials became necessary to allow for transparent investigations and round up inquires on the matter.

Waziri added that “next week we are going to invite Siemens officials, the top management and some names that featured prominently in the case of bribery and we would link it up to Siemens AG and Siemens Nigeria and we are going to do that next week and try to round up our investigations.”

She explained that one out of the four former ministers involved in the scam is late while adding that the three others had come and made useful statements.

“We also invited CEOs of NITEL and PHCN and other related companies. By the end of this week they would have finished making their statement over allegations of monies given to them, air tickets, estacode and things like that,” EFCC boss added.

Those who gave official statements include CEO Mobile Telecommunications (MTEL) Edwin Momfe, former Executive Director Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Shuaibu Maigida and Permanent Secretary Power and Steel Ministry S.M Mahmood.

Three former ministers of communication - acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bello Halliru Mohammed, retired Maj-Gen Tajudeen Olanrewaju and Cornelius Adebayo also were grilled last week.