by Ajadi Daniel
The former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Micheal Aondoaka (SAN) was a guest at the EFCC office yesterday where he was grilled for his alleged involvement in the $182 million Halliburton scandal. He was said to have arrived the Office of the anti-graft agency around 10am yesterday and he was grilled for about 8 hours.
The former Minister of Justice had been accused of frustrating investigations into the case during his time as the AGF between 2007 and 2010. The Halliburton case relates to an alleged $182 million contract involving a four company joint venture to build a liquefied natural gas plant on Bonny Island.
Also in 2009, KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, agreed to pay $402 million after admitting that it bribed Nigerian officials, and that Halliburton paid $177 million to settle allegations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting any wrong doing.
The office of the AGF under the leadership of Mohammed Adoke (SAN) set up a team of five lawyers which would ensure the swift recovery of the funds. However, $26 million was said to have been as legal fees to the lawyers under controversial circumstances.