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Vol 49 No 10

Published 9th May 2008


Nigeria

The gas ghost keeps haunting

US investigators say they have new evidence of corruption by international companies working on Nigeria's gas export plant

Criminal investigators in the United States and Europe are widening their probe into claims that the USA's oil service giant Halliburton and three other multinationals working on a gas export project conspired to establish a US$180 million slush fund to bribe Nigerian officials and reward Western contractors from 1994-2002. The US investigation now covers Halliburton's operations in Nigeria during the past 20 years and its relations with other multinational companies, including Royal Dutch Shell.

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