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Halliburton: US promises to assist Nigeria

By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJA—Envoy of the United States of America to Nigeria, Ms Robin R. Sanders yesterday said her country would collaborate with the Nigerian government towards ensuring that necessary information required for prosecution of citizens fingered in the Halliburton scandal were provided.

Sanders who identified corruption as one of the major problems slowing down Nigeria’s development promised to partner with the Federal Government to fight graft.

Specifically, the envoy said the US would relate with the justice ministry for assistances with regards to prosecution of graft in the country.

The US Ambassador who gave this indication during a visit on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN, noted that American government values its friendship with Nigeria and would continue to partner with the country.

To partner FG on graft

On the alleged restriction of issuance of visas to Nigerians intending to travel to the USA, in view of the unfortunate incident where a Nigerian, Farouk Umar Abdumutallab, tried blowing up an American Airliner on 25 December 2009, the US envoy noted that Nigeria remains a friend to American government.

She said Nigeria is one of the African countries that America has continued to maintain good relations with and that American’s dedication to Nigeria “has not changed”.

Still on the assertion that American might have changed its stand regarding relations with Nigeria, she said, “let me correct the record. The premise of your question is not correct.

“We have always collaborated fully with even the other countries involved”.
Earlier in his remarks, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Kayode said the government would continue to pursue its agenda, especially as it relates to the fight against corruption.

Besides, he said that in a few weeks time, he would be rolling out his plans for the Justice Ministry even as he stressed that he would ensure that “the law is enforced”.

In addition, the AGF promised hard times on those who “put government money in their pocket” saying that he would ensure that those who steal government money “do not escape justice.”

On Nigeria’s relation with the USA, the Justice Minister said efforts would be geared by Nigerian government to ensure that its age long relationship with America was maintained, pointing out that “we value our relationship with America” in the area of law reforms and the war against corruption among others.


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