Halliburton bribe scandal: Many Nigerian leaders implicated by London source


Source: Sahara Reporters.

Saharareporters has come into possession of a document which shows that several former Nigerian Heads of State, and in some cases their wives, were beneficiaries of Halliburton bribe scandal.
The document, which was addressed to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on February 20, 2008, lists former Nigerian leaders Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, General Abdussalam Abubakar, General Sani Abacha and Chief Ernest Shonekan as being among 80 Nigerians who collected inducements in exchange for contract favours at the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas project.

Sad story of a nation of good people, great nation and sell out leaders
Sad story of a country of of good people, great nation and sell out leaders

Maryam Bababangida and Maryam Abacha are also on the list.

The stunning list, which almost reads like a Who’s Who in Nigeria, contains the names of top civilian and former military leaders, governors, ministers and civil servant.  They were obtained from five notebooks found on 2 September, 2004 in the archives of the London Office of Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) by investigating Halliburton Attorneys.   KBR was the American subsidiary of TSKJ, the consortium which won scandal-tainted contract to build the liquefied natural gas plant in Bonny.  The other companies in the consortium were Technip, from France; Snamprogetti SpA, from Italy; and Japan Gasoline Corp., from Japan.

In a list where every name stands out, some may be more a little more compelling than others.  They include:

•    Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe (Chief of Naval Staff under Abacha, Nigeria’s #2 man under Abubakar)
•    Dr. Rilwan Lukman
•    Chief Philip Asiodu (Adviser to Abacha and later to Obasanjo)
•    Gen. Oladipo Diya (Chief of Staff under Abacha)
•    Mike Okigbo
•    Alhaji Aminu Saleh (SGF during the Shonekan administration)
•    Brigadier-General Ibrahim Aliyu
•    Anthony Ani (former Finance Minister)
•    Ismaila Gwarzo (Former National Security Adviser during Abacha Administration)
•    Alhaji Gidado Idris (former Secretary to the Federal Government 1998)
•    Tom Ikimi, Foreign Minister to Abacha
•    Orji Kalu, former Governor
•    Alhaji Babagana Kingibe
•    Ambassador Patrick Dele Cole
•    Lt. Gen. Aliyu Mohammed Gusau
•    Gen. Jeremiah Useni (Rtd.)
•    Jack Chagoury
•    Gilbert Chagoury

As extensive as the list is, more names are likely to follow because, as the report points out, it does not cover the three-year period between 24th March 1995 and 31st March 1998, for which no record was available. That period is significant for many reasons, including the fact that it was on 24 March 1995 that Don Obon Etiebiet handed over to Chief Dan Etete as Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources.

“The period before, during and immediately after the signing of this contract is very significant, as it would give a very realistic picture of related incidents, which occurred within this period,” said the report, noting that Etete was a key player in the scam and had already admitted to collecting money as inducement from Jeffrey Tesler/TSKJ to the investigating Magistrate in Paris.   Saharareporters has been informed that another report is available that may implicate several key officials from the Obasanjo period.

At a time that Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has been pledging to the world that he will combat corruption in the country, it will be important to see how he reacts to the Halliburton file and many of the other international corruption scandals in which important Nigerians that were named have not been touched.

S/No Name Title/Position Held Present Location
1. Gen. I.B. Babangida (Rtd.) Former President/ Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Minna, Niger State.
2. Mrs. Maryam Babangida Former First Lady Federal Republic of Nigeria Minna, Niger State.
3. Chief Enerst Shonekan Former Head of the Interim National Government/Former Director of SPDC Lagos.
4. Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami (Rtd.) Former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Niger State, Currently on Assignment with The United Nations
5. Alhaji M. D. Yusufu Former Chairman NLNG Lagos-frontline Politician
6. Mr. T.W. Oerlemans Former MD/DCE Australian
7. Pius Okigbo Renowned Economist: Headed The Probe Commission on the Gulf Crude Oil Excess sales set up by the Central Bank of Nigeria 1994. Deceased
8. Alhaji Aminu Saleh Secretary to the Federal Government during Shonekan Administration Bauchi
9. Chief Don Etiebet Former Minister of Petroleum and presently National Chairman ANPP Abuja
10. Lt. Gen. Aliyu Mohammed Gusau Presently National Security Adviser to the Obasanjo Administration Abuja
11. Edmund Daukoru Curent Presidential Adviser on Petroleum Matters Abuja.
12. Mrs. Victoria Ihonde Current Director, Ministry of Petroleum Resources Abuja.
13. Mrs. Toyin Olakunrin Presently Chairman Board of the Education Tax Fund, Abuja Abuja.
14. Chief Gilbert Temisan Grant Former top level NNPC Official; Former GED – NNPC Lekki-Lagos.
15. Dr. Gabriel Abolade Soyoye Special Adviser to Philip Asiodu (Petroleum Minister) 1993
16. Amb. Patrick Dele-Cole Former Ambassador to Brazil , Politician Currently Presidential Adviser on Political Matters
17. Dr. E. Ihetu Former Board Member 1995-1997
18. Onya NNPC Personnel
19. Gen. Sani Abacha Former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Deceased
20. Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (Rtd.) Former Chief of Army Staff during the Babangida Administration
21. Gen. John Shagaya (Rtd.) Former Field Commandant Ecomog in Laberia
22. Dr. U. J. Itsueli Presently Chairman Dubri Oil (indigenous Oil Exploration & Production Company
23. Chief Ombu Isokariari Former MD NAFCON Port Harcourt
24. Maj. Gen. G.O. Ejiga (Rtd.) Former Director NLNG CIRCA 1999
25. Alhaji Babagana Kingibe Former Ambassador & Minister of External Abacha Administration Maiduguri
26. Hakeem Bello-Osagie Special Assistant to the Former Adviser on Petroleum Resources 1980-81 and former Chairman United of Africa (UBA) Benin City/Lagos
27. Enrg. Mrs. J.O. Maduka Political Appointment as Member of the NNPC Board of Directors 1992-1993
28. Chief Sena Anthony Current Legal Adviser/General Counsel of NNPC Abuja.
29. Eng. Dalhatu A. Bayero Former NNPC Board Member 1992-1993; Group Executive Director NAPIMS 1993-1995; Group Executive Director (Down Stream) 1993-1995; Group Managing Director 1995-1999 Benin City/Abuja.
30. Mr. Ogenyi NNPC Official and member of the Special Committee on Joint Venture Allocations
31. Alhaji I. Dapchi NNPC Director (Corporate Services) 1992-1999
32. M.A. Olorunfemi Top Member of NNPC MGT Group Executive (Finance & Admin)1993-1995
33. Mr. Wilfred C. Eze Top Member of NNPC MGT Group Executive (Finance & Admin)1993-1995
34. Alhaji Umar Baba Former Minister of Petroleum Kaduna
35. Dr. Orji Kalu Presently Executive Governor of Abia State Government House Umahia
36. Gen. Geremiah Useni (Rtd.) Former FCT Minister Abacha Administration; presently a politician Chairman Board of Trustees of the ANPP Abuja/Jos
37. Alhaji Abba Gana Former Deputy Managing Director NLNG Abuja/Lagos
38. Ibrahim Abacha Gen. Sani Abacha’s Son Deceased
39. Gen. Oladipodiya Chief of General Staff during Abacha Administration
40. Mr. Chamberlain O. Oyinbo Top NNPC GED UPSTREAM & GAS 1992-1993; GMD NNPC 1993-1995
41. Amb. Judith Attah Former Ambassador to Italy 1994; Minister for Women Affair 1995-1997
42. Alhaji Abdulkadir Ahmed Governor Central Bank of Nigeria 1994 Deceased
43. Chief Anthony Any Former Finance Minister 1994-1998; Prominent Accountant Country Partner for KPMG
44. Chief O.O. Okwara NNPC Group Executive Director (Finance 1992-1993 Isolo-Lagos.
45. Philip Asiodu National Economic Adviser Abacha Administration; Special Adviser to Obasanjo on Petroleum 1999: Presently Chief Economic Adviser and Chairman, Ecobank
46. Endo SAN Marubeni Nigeria Ltd; Installed Chairman of Accurary Japan Plot 1652, Olosa Street , Victoria Island, Lagos .
47. Alhaji Hamman Tukur Presently Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission Abuja
48. Mr. S.J. Ollerearnshaw Former MD NLNG/SHELL; Staff NLNG Australian
49. Chief Dan Etete Former Minister of Petroleum Under Abacha Administration France
50. Engineer B. Soyode Former Senior NNPC Official; Retired and now owns Consultancy Firm B. A. Soyode & Co.
51. Dr. Akin Ogunleye Retired NNPC Senior Official
52. Chief Tom Ikim Former Minister for External Affairs during the Abacha Administration
53. Alhaji Gidado Idris Secretary to the Federal Government 1998
54. Engr. Sola Alabi Currently NNPC Abuja
55. Alhaji Ismaila Gwarzo Former National Security Adviser during Abacha Administration Kano
56. Mrs. Maryam Abacha Late Gen. Abacha’s Wife; former First Lady Federal Republic of Nigeria Kano
57. Brigadier Gen. Halilu Akilu Former Director of Military Intelligence during the I.B.Babangida Administration
58. Gen. Abdullahi Mohammed Presently Chief of Staff to the Obasanjo Administration; Former National Security Adviser to Gen. Abdullami Abubakar (1998-1999) Abuja
59. Major Hamza El-Mustapha Chief Security Officer to Abacha DMI-Lagos
60. Brig. General Ibrahim Aliyu Former Chairman of NICON 1998
61. Dr. Edmund Ayoola Top NNPC Management, Former MD NDPC (NNPC) Subsidiary. Presently Member NNPC Board and GED E & P Abuja/Lagos.
62. Gen. Anthony Ukpo (Rtd) Former Rivers State Governor Port Harcourt
63. Group Captain Samuel Ewang Former Rivers State Governor
64. Ismaila Usman Deputy Governor of the CBN, Minister of Finance 1998
65. Dr. Tunde Soleye Medical Director turned Businessman; Close Confidante of General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
66. Christ Akerele Chairman Chorus Energy UK Plc
67. Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi Former Head of Nigerian Security Organization (NSO) during the Gen. Buhari Administration
68. Philip Chukwu Dan Etete’s Personal Assistant
69. Engr. Bunu Sherrif Musa Former Minister of Industries, Power and Steel Maiduguri
70. Dr. Rilwan Lukman Former Minister of Petroleum during the Babangida regime: also the Special Adviser on Petroleum to President Abdulsalami Abubakar 1998-1999
71. Aret Adams MD NNPC 1985-1990: served as Special Adviser on Petroleum to President Abdulsalami Abubakar 1998-1999 Deceased
72. Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe Chief of Naval Staff under the Abacha regime. Also Chief of General Staff 9Second in Command) to Abdulsalami Abubakar Administration
73. Faruk Iya Former Company Secretary NNPC and was Board Member NLNG
74. Ambassador Hassan Adamu Former Minister of Industries during the Abdulsalami Abubakar Administration; Former Chairman of NAFCON and the Nigerian Ambassador to United States
75. Prince Nzekwe
76. Gen. Adeyosun
77. Jasper Jumbo
78. Jack Chagoury C & C Nig. Ltd
79. Gilbert Chagoury C & C Nig. Ltd
80. Mohammed Atiku