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Halliburton: Probe panel gets visas for France, UK

By Kingsley Omonobi
There were indications in Abuja yesterday that Switzerland, France and UK whose cooperation with the Federal Government inter-agency panel to investigate the $190 million bribery scam is crucial to exposing prominent Nigerians who shared in the loot, have granted the panel members visas.

It was also gathered that Alhaji Abdulkadir Abacha, brother to the late former maximum ruler, General Sani Abacha, who allegedly flew out of the country to a Middle East country when he was needed to explain the huge money disbursed to him by the British/Israeli coordinator of the bribery, Mr. Jeffery Tesler, has sneaked back into the country and that the panel members are aware, but could not do anything  unless the Attorney-General  of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa, who is the supervisor of the probe, gives the go-ahead.

This came just as sources close to the panel told Vanguard that new discoveries have shown that Tesler kept aside over $80m of the money in his private accounts in the three countries after deceiving his principals that he shared the money to Nigerians, as expected.

On the visas to France, Switzerland and UK, and how it had created uneasy calm, Vanguard gathered that the five agencies involved in the investigations, including the police, EFCC, SSS and the National Intelligence Agency, all along, have been working in teams and that 20 members of these teams had their passports submitted for visa applications because of the different countries and work involved.

However, it was learnt that Aondoakaa directed that only five members, the leaders of the teams should embark on the foreign investigation when money have been approved for the 20 members to embark on the investigations abroad.

“What happens to the money approved for the 15 members who have been ordered to be left out of the investigation,” a source asked.


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