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Anti-graft agency to quiz Globacom boss over Siemens scandal

June 18, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will today interview Chief Executive of Globacom, Chief Mike Adenuga, in continuation of the ongoing interrogation of prominent Nigerians allegedly implicated in the multi-billion dollar Siemens bribery scandal.

The Siemens 17.5million euro scandal was uncovered in 2009 by the German police after invading the headquarters of the company in Germany over allegations of bribing some Nigerians, Libyans and Russians in its bid to get contracts.

Globacom today released a statement declaring that it is not in any way involved in the Siemens bribery scam.

The company stated that the only relationship it ever had with Siemens, as a private company, was when it awarded a single contract in 2003 to the German firm for the provision of GSM and broad access infrastructure in some parts of the country. The company was also awarded part of the national fibre backbone infrastructure. The contract has since been completed.

In a press statement issued by the Public Relations Department of Globacom, the company said since Siemens executed the contract, Globacom has not engaged the telecommunication equipment manufacturing company for any other project.

“It should be noted that the equipment supply and installation contract forms the basis of the only relationship that Globacom has had with Siemens. It was and remains a normal business interaction that was entered into by Globacom purely to meet its network expansion needs. Globacom has had no other form of relationship or dealings with Siemens.

This Day Nigeria reports that Adenuga and two of his directors will be quizzed alongside three other persons, to unravel their level of complicity in the scam.

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