Mar 10th, 2014
A most significant news item – significant for developing countries, especially those in corruption-ridden African countries – emerged from Washington, DC, this week. It said the United States had ordered a freeze on $458 million in assets stolen by the former Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha, ...
In East Africa
Dec 16th, 2012
United States has asked South Sudan to allow the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) assist in probing the recent killing of Isaiah Abraham, a renowned South Sudanese political commentator. South Sudanese political commentator, Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in...
Jul 25th, 2012
In a recent feel good news credited to Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, president 99-07, about corruption in Nigeria, couple that with the array of Nigeria legal class made up of legal practitioners and the judiciary, it’s mere toothless bull dogs. To crown the clowns of Nigeria legal practitioner...
Apr 11th, 2012
Nigeria will probably pass South Africa as the continent’s powerhouse in the next 20 years. Why? Because that country’s underworld acts as a bellwether for the potential of its overworld. If you want proof, look no further than the unfolding AT&T “IP relay” scandal, in which Nigerians play a defi...
In Equatorial Guinea
Jan 21st, 2012
The son of the leader of Equatorial Guinea asked a court to dismiss attempts by the Obama administration to seize some $71 million worth of his assets, denying charges that they were obtained with allegedly corrupt funds taken from his country. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son of longtime Presid...
In Crime & Corruption
Apr 6th, 2011
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department says firms involved in a nearly decade-long conspiracy to bribe Nigerian officials have paid $1.5 billion in criminal and civil penalties. The latest settlement came Wednesday when a Japanese-based engineering and construction company, JGC Corp., agreed to pay a $2...
Mar 11th, 2011
A legal adviser to US engineering firm Kellogg Brown & Root pleaded guilty Friday to charges stemming from a long-running probe into bribery to obtain contracts for a multibillion-dollar natural gas venture in Nigeria, officials said. Jeffrey Tesler, a British solicitor and former consultant to t...