By Emeka Mamah
Kaduna – THE late Head of State, General Sani Abacha’s brother, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abacha, has said the Federal Government is orchestrating its “so-called” investigations into the $180 million Halliburton bribery scandal to hoodwink Nigerians on the high level of corruption in the country.
Alhaji Abacha who is one of the suspects being investigated by the panel of investigation on the bribe scandal said the Federal Government was not serious about fighting corruption.
He likened the investigation into the Halliburton scandal to what happened during the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) when the then government of Alhaji ShehuÂ ShagariÂ triedÂ to divertÂ peopleâ€™s attention to rising cases of corruption by arresting some inconsequential officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to divert attention.
Addressing newsmen Kaduna yesterday through his lawyer, Aliyu Umaru, Abacha debunked the allegation that he (Abacha) has fled the country because of his roles in the alleged bribery scandal.
He also described reports that the panel was investigating allegations that he did not execute a multi-million dollar contract with an aviation school in Zaria,Kaduna State as laughable because it (panel) has no legal authority to do so, dueÂ to a waiver granted him by the Federal Government on such issues.
“Alhaji Abacha is not on the run. MyÂ client informed the panel that he was travelling for a scheduled medical trip abroad when he was invited to appear before it on June2, 2009, at the office of the Inspector-General of Police,” he said.