Brits Charged In UK Court Over Bribes To Rivers(RIRS) And Lagos (LIRS) Tax Officials

Brits Charged In UK Court Over Bribes To Rivers(RIRS) And Lagos (LIRS) Tax Officials


A report by sahara reporters has said that a two year probe of a British energy firm has produced prosecutable evidence linking company officials to the payment of generous bribes to Rivers State tax officials. The money was paid to avoid, reduce or delay paying taxes on behalf of the oil- and gas industry, investigators allege.

 

According to the charges announced today in a London criminal court, four former employees of Swift Technical Energy Solutions Ltd. paid a total of 180,000 pounds ($292,000) in 2008 and 2009 to agents of the Rivers State board of Internal Revenue and the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue.

 

The three men and one woman, all British nationals, were employed at a Nigerian subsidiary of the Swift Group companies, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office said in an e-mailed statement today.

 

The bribes were made on behalf of the oil- and gas-industry workers sent by Swift to Nigeria, the SFO said. The case was transferred to a higher criminal court for a hearing on Feb. 22 and the defendants were released on bail.

 

No action has yet been taken against the Rivers and Lagos  State officials who, it was charged, accepted the big bribes.

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