PASS THE ENVELOPE TO TOMPOLO: UK, US, Norway, Nigeria Await Verdict In Bribery Case Against UK Firm

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on May 16th, 2017

A British company’s links to a multimillion-pound defence deal involving a former Niger Delta Militant is the subject of corruption investigations in four countries.

Investigators in the UK, US, Nigeria, and Norway are scrutinising Cas-Global when it was alleged that the firm paid a bribe to a Norwegian official and a former Nigeria Niger Delta Militant as a part of multi-million-pound defense sale of seven decommissioned service vessels.

CAS-Global Ltd. bought a hand service vessel, the KNM Horten, via the U.K. and exported it to a Nigerian company controlled by a former Niger delta militant leader, Tompolo.

Prosecutors aver that the payments were designed to disguise however the vessels were being sold-out to a former Nigerian militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo – a procurement that might have required associate export licence from the Nordic authorities.

Ekpemupolo has denied being involved in the corruption allegatins. The prosecutors additionally aver that the payment technique was designed to disguise how the vessels were being oversubscribed to Government Ekpemupolo (AKA Tompolo), the Niger Delta kingpin.

The nature of Cas-Global’s business isn’t apparent from its accounts filed at firms House since it absolutely was originated in 2008. Last month, firms House declared that it absolutely was aspiring to dissolve the firm because it was perceived to be moribund. The firm couldn’t be reached for comment.

Cas-Global has already been the topic of associate investigations since 2014 by the town of London police’s specialist anti-corruption unit.

The Norwegian authorities are also prosecuting a official, Bjørn Stavrum, over allegations that he was paid $154,000 by Cas-Global to assist secure the sale of the service vessels. Stavrum denies the claims.

According to the indictment, Stavrum, United Nations agency was to blame for the sale, was paid the cash directly into his checking account in 2 instalments in 2013.

“The payments were improper, among alternative things owing to Stavrum’s position, the amounts concerned, and since they were unbroken hidden from his leader,” the indictment alleges.

The City of London police said its detectives continue to actively investigate the suspected graft of a Norwegian public official in reference to the acquisition of ex-naval vessels from 2012 onward. The joint investigation with the Norwegian authorities has led to the arrest of 4 men.

The City of London police detectives are additionally liaising with the US and Nigerian authorities in respect of enquiries connected to money transfers.

Paul Holden, Corruption Watch’s investigations director, said the Great Britain government is clearly hypocritical if, on the one hand, it urges countries like African nations to fight corruption, whereas creating no effort to stop corruption in its own export licence method.

Mark Garnier, junior minister at the Department for International Trade, rejected the claims, insisting the government doesn’t assume that it’s applicable to base associate assessment simply on the perception of corruption within the destination country.

The decision in the 1st court case arising out of the allegations will be proclaimed in capital of Norway on Tuesday.

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