The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, has on Wednesday, November 2, disclosed that it is
investigating the roles played by two former National Security
Advisers, Gen. Aliyu Gusau, the late Owoye Azazi, and two former
Attorneys General of the Federation, AGF, on the facilitation of a
suspicious $200 million settlement agreement, with Halliburton, and four
According to news reports, the former AGF are, Mike Aondoakaa, SAN, and Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN.
Meanwhile, Adoke and Aondoakaa had earlier claimed, that they never benefited from the agreement in any manner whatsoever.
However, the EFCC in a bid to unravel
what transpired, has retrieved a copy of the agreement, signed with a
United States law firm, Madison Avenue Legal Resources LLP, from the
Federal Ministry of Justice, and Aondoakaa, who initiated the pact.
The development is coming at a time,
when President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to thoroughly
investigate the issues of the Halliburton scandal.
The anti-graft agency, was said to have
traced the Escrow Account to Madison Escrow Services LLC (the “Escrow
Agent”), at the instance of a former Executive Secretary of the National
Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Roland Ewubare, who went to the United
States to get the document.
Reports, indicate that about $32.5
million, representing N13.5 billion out of about $200 million fines from
Halliburton Energy Services, was allegedly paid into the Escrow
The former National Human Rights
Commission, NHRC, Secretary, was said to have submitted a document to
the anti-graft agency, showing how the Escrow Agent was engaged by the
Federal Government, through the Office of the National Security Adviser,
ONSA, to save the nation about $540 million, from garnishee judgment.
From the document, the total compensation received by the Escrow Agent for its services, was $2.5 million.
Presently, the anti-graft agency is
probing why the N13.5 billion, was not remitted into the Federation
Account, in accordance with extant laws.
Some of those already interrogated by
the EFCC are: a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA,
J.B Daudu, SAN; Mr. E.C Ukala, SAN; Chief Godwin Obla, SAN; D.D. Dodo,
SAN; and a top shot of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
NNPC, Mr. Roland Ewubare.
A vivid breakdown of the $200 million
remittances by the five companies is as follows: Julius Berger ($35
million); Siemens (Euros 30 million); Snamprogetti ($30 million);
Halliburton Energy Services ($32,500,000); and Japan Gasoline
Corporation ($26, 500,000).
An EFCC source who spoke to the Nation
said, “We have received heaps of documents on this Halliburton case.
Already, the EFCC has retrieved the agreement signed with Madison Legal
Resources, LLP by the Federal Government, from the Federal Ministry of
Justice and Aondoakaa. This was why the ex-AGF was not detained.
“We will look into the role of every
individual, or past public officer, involved in the agreement. We are
probing the roles of Aondoakaa, Gusau, the late Azazi, Adoke, and
others. We have already interrogated five Lawyers.
“The initial aspect of the probe,
revealed that a US firm was engaged, and later a team of five Nigerian
Lawyers was also given the same assignment without the termination of
the earlier agreement. We need all the key players to clarify many grey
“The investigation remains open, as none
of those invited has been accused of fraud. The outcome of the ongoing
investigation, will determine those who have cases to answer.
“We will also extend our probe to the United States, where an Escrow Account has been located,” the EFCC noted.