22nd November, 2010
An American citizen, James Kenneth Tillery, declared wanted by the United States ofÂ American Government over an alleged multiple crime and conspiracy, foreign corruptÂ practices and money laundering may be deported to his country.
The Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, SAN, has filed anÂ application before a Federal High Court in Lagos seeking the order of the court toÂ deport Tillery.
The application of Adoke was sequel to a formal request to the Nigerian governmentÂ that Tillery should be extradited to the US to face criminal charges.
In an affidavit to support the application for extradition, sworn to by a trialÂ attorney at the fraud section of the Ministry of Justice in Washington, US, LauraÂ Perkins, averred that there is a formal charge: the US versus James Tillery and PaulÂ Noyak in a US district court in the southern district of Texas, in criminal caseÂ number 08/00022.
Perkins further averred that based on investigation conducted by the Department ofÂ Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was revealed that from late 2003 toÂ March 2005, Tillery and his co-defendant and others wilfully conspired to pay moneyÂ to Nigerian government officials in order to assist Willbros group and itsÂ subsidiaries in obtaining a retaining business.
Tillery was also accused of transferring money from the US to a place outside theÂ country. His intention was to promote corrupt payment to foreign governmentÂ officials.
This was done by the use of the mails and instrumentality of interstate commerce.
He was further accused of making series of corrupt payment in excess of $6 millionÂ to officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the NationalÂ Petroleum Investment Management Services, Shell Petroleum of Nigeria and theÂ political parties in power in Nigeria as at that time.
Tillery was arrested in Nigeria on 13 August this year at Ibiyinka Olorunimbe Close,Â Victoria Island, Lagos and was taken to police custody by the Interpol. TheÂ affidavit was sworn to before a Magistrate Court in the US.
No date has been fixed for the hearing.