Nigeria’s former attorney-general and minister of jutice Muhammadu Adoke will have to explain the whereabouts of a $1mn payment by Halliburton through a senior lawyer Damian Dodo. Dodo had reportedly claimed in a letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that he received $3.5million in legal fees while handling negotiations between Halliburton and the Nigerian government, a report said. Dodo allegedly claimed that aside his legal fees, the said $1mn was paid to the government as “reimbursement cost” on 16th March, 2011 – a time Adoke was the country’s AGF. The report claimed an EFCC source as saying that the revelation about the payment had opened a new dimension in the probe.
“If companies paid penalty fines as part of plea bargaining, Nigerians deserve to know where the money is. Let them produce evidence of remittance of the fines”, the source said to the Nation.
“We are going to get to the roots of this scandal, including the legal fees of about $12million. We may also interact with all those involved in the agreement. We want to locate the whereabouts of the fines duly paid,” the source added. Adoke a senior official in the then President Goodluck Jonathan government is believed to have fled the country to evade being probed for corrupt practices at the time.