THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s office (MPC), in an indictment issued on May 1, 2017, disclosed that between 2006 and 2011, Dredging International, a company that is specialised in dredging services and is part of a consortium having a joint venture arrangement with Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), wired huge bribes to offshore companies belonging to three former top officials of NPA.
The three former top NPA officials allegedly involved in the bribery scandal include:Adebayo Sarumi, former Mananaging Director of NPA; Felix Ovbude, former Managing Director of NPA’s eastern ports; and Abba Murtala Mohammed, former Executive Director of Finance at NPA.
Following the conviction of Dredging International by the Swiss government, Nigerian government is preparing to probe these three former top NPA officials.
Earlier today, the acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, instructed some of his staff to scour the agency’s records and dig out files relevant to the case, according to a top official of the anti-graft agency.
Report says, Sarumi, Ovbude and Mohammed allegedly received $2.6 million bribes.
Daniel Afam-Obi, former executive assistant to Sullivan Akachukwu Nwankpo who was ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s special adviser on technical matters, was reported to have been paid $157,000 for unknown reasons. But investigators believe Afam-Obi acted on behalf of Nwankpo.
Investigations also revealed that another $18 million was sent to companies in which some unknown Nigerian officials have interest.
Report also indicates that Switzerland had sought assistance from Nigeria and that the then Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, replied that there was no case for criminal prosecution.