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Monday, 5 October 2015

Nigerian First lady, Aisha Buhari indicted on Halliburton bribery scandal

Nigerian First lady, Aisha Buhari indicted on Halliburton bribery scandal

Aisha Buhari

A source, who was involved in a House of Representatives committee investigation into the Halliburton bribery scandal in the early 2000s, has indicated that Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari was paid $1.8m in bribes.


The Halliburton bribery scandal started from 1994 when the Nigerian government kicked off plans to build the Bonny Island Natural Liquefied Gas Project. The scandal involved a network of secretive banks and offshore tax havens that were used to pay $182 million in bribes to Nigerian officials in exchange for $6 billion in contracts for an international consortium of companies that included a then Halliburton subsidiary.


The company wanted to ensure that the contracts were secured by bribing every influential and potentially influential Nigerian. The source claimed that the committee’s report indicted former Heads of State Sani Abacha, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalam Abubakar Aisha Buhari,and Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo allegedly tried, when he was president, to intimidate the House committee chairman from implicating him.



Jeffrey Tesler who pleaded guilty for his role in arranging the bribes
Jeffrey Tesler who pleaded guilty for his role in arranging the bribes

The source indicated that a significant chunk of the money was paid to Abacha’s Chief of Staff, who then decided who was to receive a cut and the amount they received.


Aisha Buhari received $1.8m in bribes in Halliburton bribery scandal, Aisha Buhari has refused to accompanied her husband to his two official trips to US since becoming president for fear that she could be arrested for her part in the bribery scandal.

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