Nigeria’s presidential elections are happening in April, making this the right time to sue Dick Cheney. A former KBR chief executive officer, Albert “Jack” Stanley, had worked under Cheney when Cheney was with Halliburton. Stanley pleaded guilty in 2008 to scheming to bribe Nigerian officials. The current Nigerian president is Goodluck Jonathan. He faces a former Nigerian Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. Abubakar’s opponents have attempted to tie him to Halliburton. So…Dick Cheney, the head of Halliburton until 2001, will be sued. Makes perfect sense.
The case involves an alleged $182 million cash-for-contract scandal over 10 years, until 2005, over construction of the LNG plant in southern Nigeria. Halliburton denied involvement in the allegations.
Atiku Abubakar who served as Nigerian Vice-President from 1999-2007 says his political opponents have tried to tie him to “the Halliburton case,” but there was no evidence against him and no one in the U.S. or elsewhere had sought to question him on the matter.
…there was no evidence against him and that nobody in the United States or elsewhere had sought to question him on the matter. “This is just the work of political opponents who will stop at nothing in order to destroy your political career,” he said.
Halliburton says it has “reason to believe” payments may have been made to Nigerian officials by agents of its TSKJ consortium [a subsidiary of Halliburton].
“The Halliburton oil field services operations in Nigeria have never in any way been any part of the LNG project and none of the Halliburton employees have ever had any connection to or participation in that project.”
KBR, a Houston-based engineering firm, and a former Halliburton unit, pleaded guilty to U.S. charges of paying $180 million in bribes between 1994 and 2004. Halliburton and KBR settled with the U.S. for $579 million, separate investigations were carried but in Nigeria, France and Switzerland.
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