SIEMENS bribery scandal: EFCC summons Olanrewaju, Adebayo, and PDP Deputy Chairman
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has summoned for interrogation three former communications ministers who are alleged to have been indicted in the Siemens 1.7 million euro scandal .
Pointblanknews.com learnt that the ex ministers are Cornelius Adebayo, Gen. Tajudeen Olanrewaju, and the PDP deputy National chairman, Bello Mohammed.
Chairman of the EFCC, Mrs Farida Waziri disclosed this on Wednesday , when she received executive members of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe, NIDOE, who paid her a courtesy visit in her office.
She said that the three former ministers were invited for interrogation to establish the roles they allegedly played in the scam. Waziri said that contrary to some media reports that EFCC newly re-opened the bribery scam, the Commission had been on top of the case.
She disclosed that the recent conviction of some people involved in the case by a German court in Munich , has thrown up a new vista in the case. “Actually, 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.” she said.
The Siemens 17.5million euro scandal was uncovered in 2009 by the 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. Waziri said that the EFCC will get to the root of the scandal and prosecute whoever is found to have soiled his hands in respect of the case. Waziri, while thanking the representatives of Nigerians in Diaspora for their visit, stressed that they are in very vantage positions to re-orientate the outside world about the activities of the EFCC and that not all Nigerians are fraudsters.