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EFCC probes simens bribery takers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has written the German government demanding access to a 2007 German court ruling against Siemens AG so it can prosecute Nigerian officials accused of taking bribes for contracts
Siemens reportedly paid about 17.5 million dollars (13.3 million euros) in bribes to government and industry officials in Nigeria, Russia and Libya in a bid to win contracts, according to the Wall Street Journal Europe, citing court documents.
Some 10 million euros went to Nigerians, including four former telecommunications ministers, a senator and an immigration official.
The Chairman of the EFCC , Farida Waziri told newsmen yesterday that said several Nigerian officials were questioned over the case, but all denied the allegations, forcing authorities to get the full judgment which names the officials.
In November 2007, Nigerian President Umaru yar’Adua ordered an investigation into the allegations against the officials. The following month Nigeria cancelled a million-dollar power contract with Siemens and banned it from bidding for other contracts until the end of the graft probe.