Nigeria: Halliburton Scandal – Trivializing the Investigation

July 22nd, 2009

Daily Independent

The constitution of an investigative panel into the notorious $180 million Halliburton bribery case by the Federal Government (FG) can only be viewed by most Nigerians as diversionary and wasteful; thus only its immediate disbandment can assuage the strong feelings and damaging insinuations its obnoxious existence is already eliciting across the country. What further evidence is the government seeking to unearth that it had to set up this high-powered inter-institutional committee headed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, for which it has reportedly approved millions of naira to hop from one Western capital to another searching for evidence it ought to have in abundance? The FG must be wary of confirming the growing impression that all it wants to do with this case is to kill and bury it, maybe, because of the high calibre of Nigerians implicated.

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