UK Court jails contractor for bribing Nigerian officials


A former manager of a polymer banknote manufacturing company, Securency International Pty Ltd of Australia, Mr. Peter Chapman, has been convicted by a Southwark Crown Court in the United Kingdom for bribing Nigerian officials with $205,000.
Chapman allegedly bribed Emmanuel Okoyomon, a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Security, Printing and Minting Company, (facing extradition proceedings in Nigeria), to secure a “multimillion-euro” contract.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said this in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren.
According to the statement, the Serious Fraud Office in London revealed the news of the conviction when the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, visited the SFO the office. The visit was part of efforts to strengthen cooperation between the SFO and the EFCC.
The trial of Chapman, according to the SFO, began on April 4, 2016. Among other allegations, he was said to have paid bribes in order to secure orders for the purchase of reams of polymer substrate. The total value of the bribes given was $205,000.
The SFO Director, David Green, said, “This has been a long, detailed investigation and a complex prosecution involving assistance from a wide range of jurisdictions. Crimes like this damage the UK’s commercial reputation and this conviction show that such activity will not be tolerated.”
The SFO expressed gratitude to the EFCC along with other law enforcement agencies including Australian Federal Police, the National Crime Agency, the Metropolitan Police, the Central Authority of Nigeria and authorities in Brazil, the Seychelles, South Africa, Canada and Spain for their assistance in the case.
Chapman was arrested at Heathrow Airport in April 2015, having been extradited from Brazil, and was charged with six offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 on April 30, 2015.
His co-accused, Okoyomon, who was arrested by the EFCC for his role in the bribery …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot