Nigerian authorities to issue arrest warrant for Dick Cheney

Posted Dec 2, 2010 by Andrew Moran
Former United States Vice President Dick Cheney and several officials from five foreign companies are facing charges in a $180 million bribery scandal. Indictments will proceed within a week in a Nigerian court.
A spokesperson for Nigeria’s anti-graft agency announced that officials from several foreign companies, including former and current chief executives officers from Halliburton, will face charges of bribery, according to Agence-France Presse.
Nigerian officials are investigating Halliburton, Saipem and Technip over allegations that they transferred approximately $180 million in bribes in order to win a $6 billion liquefied natural gas contract.
A former aide of President Olusegun Obasanjo is also facing six counts of money-laundering in connection with the bribery scandal.
Prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Godwin Obla, told Bloomberg News that an arrest warrant will be “issued and transmitted through Interpol,” which is the world’s largest international police organization.
Furthermore, Obla stated that charges will also be filed against former and present CEOs from Halliburton, KBR Inc., a former subsidiary of Halliburton, Technip SA, Eni SpA and Saipem Construction Co. Obla did not identify the names of the CEOs, though.
Last week, Nigerian authorities detained at least 23 officials from the aforementioned energy companies in connection with the alleged bribery scandal, reports Press TV. They were released on Nov. 29 on bail.
Spokesperson for the former Vice President, Peter Long, could not provide comment on the case. However, a spokesperson for Eni SpA, Gianni Di Giovanni, provided comment: “Eni confirms its availability to cooperate with the local authorities in the ongoing investigations, as it has done in the past with Italian and U.S. authorities.”
Since leaving office, Cheney has experienced serious health problems that have forced him to be hospitalized on several occasions.
The West African nation remains the continent’s biggest crude producer and is the world’s fifth-largest source of U.S. oil imports. However, Nigeria still remains one of the world’s most corrupt nations.
According to the Corruption Perceptions Index of 2010, Nigeria was given a 2.4, which is classified as one of the most corrupt countries.