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I don’t doubt for one minute that Cheney and the others are GUILTY of crimes committed in Nigeria. But the fact that Nigeria is allowing them to buy their way out just adds to their image of the biggest SCAMMERS in the world. Why not follow through? Unless of course it was just a SCAM to begin with. Cheney and the other deserve it, but I think Nigeria went about this all wrong.
The next time you get an email that starts out like the one below, it just might be true!
Subject: Business Confidential.
I am Goodluck Jonathan, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is my pleasure to write and inform you that you were strongly and reliably recommended to me although we have not met or entered into any kind of contract with you before. Based on that recommendation and although we have not met, I personally want to believe that you are honest enough for a transaction involving the transfer of US $285,000,000.00 (two hundred eighty five million US dollars) into a foreign account (yours) for safekeeping pending my arrival to your country. Naturally you will be compensated generously as the account owner into which the money is remitted. This money originated from exploiting US businessmen who were most likely guilty anyway, but we felt it would be more lucrative to let them buy their way out of the crimes than try to prosecute them.
Nigeria’s government has reportedly dropped bribery charges against former Vice President Dick Cheney and Halliburton, the energy firm he once headed, after the company agreed to pay a hefty settlement.
A spokesman with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told Reuters that the country’s government accepted a $250 million offer by Halliburton — an offer made within days of Nigeria filing a lawsuit against Cheney and Halliburton CEO David Lesar, along with other executives and firms. (click HERE for original article)
LAGOS, Nigeria — Halliburton says that Nigeria has withdrawn charges against Halliburton and executives including former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney after a $35 million settlement.
Halliburton said in a statement Tuesday that it had agreed to pay $35 million to the Nigerian government over “allegations of improper payments to government officials in Nigeria.”
The oil services firm said that Nigeria had agreed to desist from taking further legal action against Halliburton, former subsidiary KBR and executives.
In February 2009, KBR Inc. pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to authorizing and paying bribes from 1995 to 2004 for contracts in Nigeria.
Cheney was named as he led Halliburton during a period when bribes totaling as much as $180 million were allegedly paid. (click HERE for original article)
Nigeria to File Charges Against Former U.S. Vice President Over Bribery
By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo – Dec 1, 2010 7:30 AM PT
Nigeria will file charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and officials from five foreign companies including Halliburton Co. over a $180 million bribery scandal, a prosecutor at the anti-graft agency said.
Indictments will be lodged in a Nigerian court “in the next three days,” Godwin Obla, prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said in an interview today at his office in Abuja, the capital. An arrest warrant for Cheney “will be issued and transmitted through Interpol” for enforcement, he said.
Peter Long, Cheney’s spokesman, said he couldn’t immediately comment when contacted today and said he would respond to an e-mailed request for comment later.
Obla said charges will be filed against current and former chief executive officers of Halliburton and its former unit KBR Inc., based in Houston, Texas; Technip SA, Europe’s second- largest oilfield-services provider; ENI SpA, Italy’s biggest oil company; and Saipem Construction Co., a unit of Eni. He didn’t identify the former officials whom he said held office when the alleged bribes were paid. Read the remainder of this entry »