Nigerian police probe Siemens bribery scandal link

ABUJA, May 19 (BestGrowthStock) – Nigeria’s anti-corruption police
said on Wednesday they wanted to question three former
government ministers over a corruption scandal involving
Germany’s Siemens AG (SIEGn.DE: ).

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it
was investigating the involvement of prominent Nigerians in the
Siemens bribery case, one of Germany’s biggest corporate
scandals.

Siemens agreed in late 2008 to pay $1.3 billion in penalties
to U.S. and German authorities, who accused the firm and three
subsidiaries of paying thousands of dollars in bribes to federal
officials in several nations, including Nigeria, from 2001 to
2007.

“The EFCC has summoned three former ministers … for
interrogation” who are alleged to have been implicated in the
scandal, said the agency’s spokesman Femi Babafemi. The agency
did not name them.
“The EFCC will get to the root of the scandal and prosecute
whoever is found to have soiled his hands in respect of the
case,” Babafemi said.

New President Goodluck Jonathan has made fighting graft one
of his top priorities in Africa’s top energy producer.

Corruption is endemic in Nigeria, from traffic police asking
for bribes at checkpoints to multi-million dollar cases
involving senior politicians and government officials.

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(Reporting by Randy Fabi and Camillus Eboh, editing by Tim
Pearce)
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Nigerian police probe Siemens bribery scandal link