By Ifeanyi Okolie
To thoroughly investigate the involvement of some prominent Nigerians in the 17.5 million euro Siemens bribery scam, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has summoned three former Communications ministers- General Tajudeen Olanrewaju (rtd), Chief Cornelius Adebayo andÂ Alhaji Mohammed Bello, alleged to have been indicted in the scandal for interrogation.
EFCC’ s Chairman, Mrs. Farida Waziri, said this, yesterday, when she fielded questions from newsmen while receiving executive members of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe, NIDOE, during a courtesy visit in her office.
She said the three former ministers were invited for interrogation to establish the roles they allegedly played in the scam.
EFCC’s Head, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Babafemi, when contacted, listed those summoned as â€œGen. Tajudeen Olanrewaju, a former Minister of Communications during the Abacha regime; ChiefÂ Cornelius Adebayo, a former governor of Kwara State and Communications Minister during Obasanjoâ€™s administration and Alhaji Mohammed Bello, also an ex-Minister of Communications.â€
Waziri said contrary to some media reports that EFCC newly re-opened the bribery scam, the commission had been on top of the case.
She said the recent conviction of some people involved in the case by a German court in Munich had thrown up a new vista in the case. â€œActually, that case was never closed and has been on-going. However, the conviction of some people in Munich , Germany has changed the scenario and will help us identify more people involved. We are waiting to get a certified true copy of the judgment,â€ she said.
The Siemens 17.5million euro scandal was uncovered in 2009 by theÂ German police after invading the headquarters of the company in Germany over allegations of bribing some Nigerians, Libyans and Russians in its bid to get contracts.