Earlier this week, Nigeria charged former Vice President Dick Cheney with doling over $180 million in bribes to government officials, but a new GlobalPost report suggest that it could take more than twice that much to keep him out of prison. On Wednesday, the country’s anti-corruption agency accused Cheney of making the payments while he was head of Halliburton’s engineering subsidiary, KBR, in the years prior to 2007. KBR, which is no longer a part of Halliburton, owned up to the bribes, and reportedly agreed to pay $597 million in fines. But Cheney himself is still on the hook. Femi Babafemi, the spokesman for Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, tells GlobalPost that Halliburton is negotiating a plea deal with Nigeria that could involve a $500 million settlement. (Raw Story points out that “it’s not clear from the GlobalPost report if the $500 million figure refers to the amount Halliburton will have to pay or whether that amount would cover all the companies that have been charged.”) If convicted, Cheney would face three years in Nigerian prison.
The Nigerian army has arrested a rebel gang leader and more than 50 of his followers believed to be behind the kidnapping of 19 people in the oil-producing Niger Delta. The military said Obese Kuna and his gang had been detained after a shootout in an operation that lasted eight hours when its troops encircled a camp […]
Farooq Kperogi recalls how the Ghanaian president, John Mahama, awed a United States audience at a lecture in Atlanta Georgia On September 30 this year, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama was a guest at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta where I teach. He came here to deliver a public lecture to crown the […]
Two-time presidential candidate in Ghana, member of parliament, attorney general, minister of foreign affairs and opposition leader, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo, was recently in Nigeria. He has won a reputation as a fighter for social justice and was one of the leading pro-democracy figures in the days of military rule in Ghana. In an interview during […]