Nigeria files corruption charges against German firms

19th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Nigeria's anti-graft agency has filed separate corruption suits against two German companies, Siemens and C.Woerman and their local subsidiaries, officials said on Tuesday.

"Our lawyers filed the two lawsuits in court yesterday (Monday)," spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Femi Babafemi told AFP.

Copies of the court papers, made available to AFP, indicated that a five-count charge of money laundering was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja against Siemens, Siemens Nigeria Limited, C. Woerman, C. Woerman Nigeria Limited and some of their officials.

The affected companies and their officials were alleged to have conspired among themselves in 2002 to siphon off 15 million naira (98,400 dollars/ 71,600 euros) by claiming them as vacation and medical bills.

They were also accused of conspiring among themeselves between 2005 and 2007 by "making cash payment exceeding 500,000 naira to one Eduard Seidel (now at large)" contrary to the provisions of the money laundering law.

A second 35-count corruption suit was filed at an Abuja High Court against Siemens, Siemens Nigeria Limited and some of their officials and four Nigerian officials.

No date has yet been fixed for the hearing of the two separate suits.

© 2010 AFP

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