for list of “briberies” (dates, amounts, givers and takers)
4 Ex-Ministers, Senator Named In 10m Euros Bribery Scandal
Dotun Oladipo, Olusola Sanni and Agency Report – 17.11.2007
REPORTS on Friday indicated that four former ministers, a senator and a number of government officials in decision making offices have been fingered in a 10 million Euro bribery scandal.
The bribe, according to The Wall Street Journal on Friday, was offered to the senior government officials between 2002 and 2003 by Siemens AG, a German company.
The former ministers were Chief Cornelius Adebayo, retired General Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Dr. Mohammed Bello and Alhaji Haruna Elewi.
They were all at different times and under different regimes Ministers of Communications.
While Olanrewaju served in the regime of late General Sani Abacha, others were part of the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007.
The senator named in the bribery scandal was Prof. Jubril Aminu. Other government officials named occupied different offices in the Nigerian Telecommunications Company (NITEL) and the Nigeria Immigrations Service (NIS).
The bribery scandal, according to The Wall Street Journal, was uncovered as a result of the probe of Siemens AG by a Munich State Court in Germany.
The searchlight was turned on Siemens because of allegations of offering bribes to get contracts.
The company was indicted for offering bribe in three countries – Nigeria, Libya and Russia.
Though the court did not interview any of those indicted, information gleaned from the records of Siemens showed that Adebayo was given 500,000 Euros at an unknown time after 2002 and another 70,000 Euros on May 22, 2004.
A staff of Siemens, simply identified as Seidel, allegedly offered the bribe to Adebayo.
The Project Manager, Implementation, of NITEL, simply identified as Mohammed, was also given 70,000 Euros by Seidel.
One Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, David Osakwe Oyegun, was reportedly given 50,000 Euros by Seidel