UK govt open to charges of hypocrisy over Nigeria's corruption fight - Investigator

UK govt open to charges of hypocrisy over Nigeria's corruption fight - Investigator

- A leading investigator has slammed the UK over their support of anti-corruption fight in Nigeria

- Investigators in the UK, the US, Nigeria, and Norway are scrutinizing Cas-Global

- Norway sold a fleet of its decommissioned, but still sophisticated, battleships and combat boats to a former Niger Delta militant leader known as Tompolo

A leading investigator has slammed the UK for being hypocritical in their war against corruption when it comes to countries like Nigeria.

Paul Holden, Corruption Watch’s investigations director said this as Anti-corruption investigators in four countries are examining a British firm’s links to a multi-million-pound defense deal involving a former Nigerian warlord.

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According to him, UK urges Nigeria to fight corruption while at the same time, making to efforts to prevent corruption from her own end.

Norway sold a fleet of its decommissioned, but still sophisticated, battleships and combat boats to a former Niger Delta militant leader, known as Tompolo

Norway sold a fleet of its decommissioned, but still sophisticated, battleships and combat boats to a former Niger Delta militant leader, known as Tompolo

He said: “The UK government is clearly open to charges of hypocrisy if, on the one hand, it urges countries like Nigeria to fight corruption, while making no effort to prevent corruption in its own export licence process.”

However, Mark Garnier, a junior minister at the Department for International Trade, rejected the claims, saying: “The government does not think that it is appropriate to base an assessment merely on the perception of corruption in the destination country.”

Earlier, NAIJ.com reported In December 2014 that Norway sold a fleet of its decommissioned, but still sophisticated, battleships and combat boats to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, otherwise known as Tompolo.

The Guardian reported that investigators in the UK, the US, Nigeria, and Norway are scrutinizing Cas-Global after it was alleged that the firm paid a bribe to a Norwegian official as part of the sale of seven decommissioned naval vessels to Tompolo.

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The case has not yet been resolved but is set to take a significant turn on Tuesday when the verdict in the first court case arising out of the allegations is due to be announced in Oslo.

Meanwhile, Watch this NAIJ.com video of Nigerians recommending punishment for looters below:

Source: Naij.com

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