A country synonymous with titanic corruption and internet scams wants to charge Dick Cheney with bribery for some shennigans pulled by Haliburton while Cheney was CEO.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday summoned the country chief of Halliburton and last week detained 10 Nigerian and expatriate Halliburton staff for questioning after raiding its Lagos office.
"We are filing charges against Cheney," EFCC spokesman Femi Babafemi told Reuters, but declined to give any further details on what the charges were, or where they would be filed.
Houston-based engineering firm KBR, a former Halliburton unit, pleaded guilty last year to U.S. charges that it paid $180 million in bribes between 1994 and 2004 to Nigerian officials to secure $6 billion in contracts for the Bonny Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the Niger Delta.
KBR and Halliburton, which was once headed by Cheney, reached a $579 million settlement in the United States but Nigeria, France and Switzerland have conducted their own investigations into the case.
Halliburton split from KBR in 2007 and has said that its current operations in Nigeria are unrelated.
It has described last week's EFCC raid as "an affront against justice", said its offices were ransacked and personnel assaulted, and pledged to defend its staff against what it said were "completely false and outrageous actions".
The left appears to be taking this seriously, which only proves their derangement. The bribery occurred with a Haliburton subsidiary - the parent company had no interest in the project where the bribes happened.
In a stretch, you might say that Cheney was "responsible" but an American court wouldn't see it that way - and didn't. Just the idea that anyone from Nigeria could charge anyone with corruption is a laugher.