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SIEMENS BRIBERY SCAM: EFCC DECLARES 2 GERMAN CEOs WANTED

By NBF News

The Federal Government has written to the German Government about the involvement of its two nationals who headed the Siemens Nigeria in a 17.5 million Euros bribery scam.

The decision by government was not unconnected with the refusal of former Chief Executive Officers of the multi-national telecommunication company, Messrs Edward Seidel and Gilbert Klaus to honour several invitations extended to them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to come and explain their roles in the allegation.

Consequently, the EFCC has declared the two Germans wanted and launched a manhunt for them. Daily Sun learnt that the EFCC has engaged the services of Interpol to track down the two Germans, who were said to have been on the run in the past months.

EFCC spokesman, Femi Babafemi confirmed that the Commission was hot on the trail of the suspects and that Interpol has been contacted to help out.

Earlier in June, the EFCC had launched investigations into the bribery scam following which three former ministers and permanent Secretaries of the Ministry Power, past Managing Directors of NITEL, PHCN and their alleged collaborators were quizzed over the deal.

Some of the former ministers including their retired General counterparts who had headed the Ministry of Communications at one time or the other after having been grilled for hours were said to have confessed to taking bribe from the wanted CEOs in exchange for juicy contracts from the government of Nigeria.

Also quizzed by the EFCC were Mahmoud, former Permanent Secretary, in the power and steel ministry; Allah Bamulafiya, Director, NITEL, and E.C. Ossai, former General Manager, NITEL, over their alleged roles in the 17.5 million Euros bribery scam.

The EFCC, Daily Sun learnt, will today release a statement on the move by the Commission to get the wanted former CEOs to respond to the allegations against them.