By Kenneth Ehigiator
Former Head of National Security Organisation, NSO, and one-time presidential candidate, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, has denied having anything to do with the Halliburton bribe scandal for which he was accused of receiving $1.65 million gratification.
Shinkafi, who was reacting to reports linking him with the scandal, said he was cleared by Commissioner of Police, Ali Amodu’s Panel, which investigated the case, but wondered why reports of his clearance was not made public by the panel.
He expressed surprised that despite taking up the matter with the panel and three successive Inspectors General of Police, including the incumbent, his clearance was yet to be made public.
He denied ever having anything to do with the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas, NLNG, company since his retirement from public service in 1984.
Shinkafi, who is also the Marafan Sokoto, said though the panel investigated him, it found that money paid into his accounts between April1999 and June 2000, totalling $195,000, had nothing to do with the Halliburton scandal.
He said those found wanting in the investigation were charged, while himself and a few others that were exonerated were given a clean bill.
Shinkafi said: “It is correct that the panel, headed by Mr. Ali Amodu, CP, interviewed me in connection with the reckless and malicious involvement of my name with the Halliburton bribery scandal.
“I took pains to explain the source of the payment of $25,000 in April 1999; $150,000 in September 1999 and $20,000 in June 2000 into my account.
“I submitted documents and named living witnesses to corroborate my submission to the panel that those payments had nothing to do with Halliburton.
“I left public service early in January 1984 and aside from a short stint as chairman of Afribank, I had no involvement with NLNG or the public service for that matter.
“I am aware that the panel cross-checked my story and called at least one key witness that corroborated my denials.”