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UPI NEWS: Nigerian official ordered to go to U.S.

Published: Nov. 12, 2007 at 2:20 PM

ABUJA, Nigeria, Nov. 12 (UPI) — Nigeria’s attorney general is being sent to the United States to investigate a multimillion-dollar bribery case involving a Houston firm.

An executive of Willbros Group recently pleaded guilty to paying $6 million in bribes in 2003 to a Nigeria official in an effort to win an oil contract, The Daily Trust reported Monday.

Former senior executive Jason Steph said he also paid $1.8 million in bribes to Nigerian government officials in 2005 to secure a contract worth $387 million to build a gas pipeline in Nigeria for Royal Dutch Shell.

“This allegation is being taken seriously by Mr. President,” Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa told The Daily Trust. “He has asked me to personally go to Houston to find out who are the Nigerians involved in this bribery allegation.”

The Willbros case is the latest in bribery allegations involving Nigerian officials and foreign companies since Umaru Yar’Adua took over as president of Nigeria.

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