By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA – THE Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael Aondoakaa, has been accused of stalling the work of theÂ Federal Governmentâ€™s five-man inter-agency panel investigation the $190 million Halliburton scam.
It was learnt that the panel had several weeks ago concluded the Nigerian leg of its investigation and indicted some prominent Nigerians.
Investigations by Vanguard has shown that the proposed foreign trip of the panel to some foreign countries for further investigation and writing of a final report is being stalled by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Reliable sources told Vanguard that three countries crucial to the investigationâ€”Switzerland, United Kingdom and Franceâ€” where the panel are scheduled to visit, had issued the panel members visas to travel to these countries for investigations for two weeks only.
However, it was alleged that the Attorney-General, who is the approving authority for the trip, hadÂ ignored the time-frame of the visas and sat on the money for the journey.
Vanguard further gathered that the money for trip, said to be N50 million and approved by President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, was supposed to be used not only for the foreign visit, but also for payment of allowances to the panel members and its investigating teams.
It was also alleged that one top official in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation was said to have collected the money but is powerless to disburse it for its purpose unless the Attorney-General gives authorisation.