President Umaru Yar’Adua today ordered relevant security agencies to investigate the allegations that some former ministers received bribes from a German telecommunication company, Siemens.
This was contained in a statement issued today in Riyadh by the Special Adviser on Communication to the President, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi.
The statement said the President assured Nigerians that anybody found to be culpable in the scandal would face “the full wrath of the law”. The President further directed the security agencies to take appropriate legal actions against anybody implicated in corrupt practices.
It said: “The President also wishes to assure all Nigerians that in the new nation that we seek to build under his watch, any public official found to have abused his or her oath of office will not go unpunished.
“The President further assures that in this Siemens scandal, as in all cases that border on good governance and transparency, there will neither be sacred cows nor a cover-up for anybody found culpable of breaching the law.”
Media reports said four former ministers were accused of taking up to 10 million euros from officials of the telecommunication company to facilitate award of contract to it.