EFCC seizes $1.6b Malabu oil block from Shell, Agip and Malabu | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245 was ordered seized yesterday, but the big question – the whereabouts of $1.6 billion – paid for it remains as thorny as ever.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), courtesy of a court order, seized the controversial Malabu oil block from four oil giants pending the conclusion of investigation and trial of those implicated in the $1,616,690,656.78 deal.

The oil firms are Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCO), Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited and Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

The anti-graft agency is specifically seeking the whereabouts of $1,616,690,656.78 paid by SNEPCO and Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited (NAE) into an escrow account.

It was learnt that investigators were trying to determine last night whether or not the cash had been used for the settlement of the dispute on the oil block or diverted elsewhere.


A United Kingdom anti-corruption group, Global Witness, a few weeks ago alleged that about $523million of $1.1billion paid by Shell and Eni for Malabu Oil Block (OPL 245) has gone to some fronts of a former President.

But in line with its mandate, the EFCC applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an interim order of forfeiture of the said oil block.

It urged the court to issue an order to enable the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to manage the oil block during the seizure period.

The application was filed by Aliyu M. Yusuf, Johnson Ojogbane, and H.M. Mohammed of the EFCC Legal Department in the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The ex-parte originating summons was brought pursuant to Sections 24(a), 26(1) (a) &(3), 28, 29(a) &(b) of the EFCC (Establishment )Act and Section 44(2) (k) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and the inherent powers of the court.

The anti-graft commission sought an interior order:

attaching Oil Prospecting Licence ( OPL 245) pending the conclusion of investigation and prosecution of Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, Malabu Oil and Gas Limited and other individuals named in connection with acts of conspiracy, bribery, official corruption and money laundering mentioned in the schedule attached to this summons;
directing that Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL 245) be managed by Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on behalf of the Federal Government pending the conclusion of investigation and prosecution of the said Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited. Malabu Oil and Gas Limited and other individuals named in connection with acts of conspiracy, bribery, official corruption and money laundering mentioned in the schedule attached to this summons; and
such further order or orders as the court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.
The DPR will in the interim manage the oil block until investigation and the trial of all suspects implicated in the deal have been concluded.

The EFCC had on December 20, 2016 filed nine charges bordering on alleged mismanagement of $1,616,690,656.78 Malabu Oil cash against a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke( SAN), a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Dan Etete and seven others.

The others are a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar, Malabu Oil and Gas Limited; Rocky Top Resources Limited; Imperial Union Limited; Novel Properties and Development Company Limited, Group Construction Limited and Megatech Engineering Limited.

The nine-count charge was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja by a team of lawyers, including Johnson Ojogbane, C.C. Nduese, H.M. Mohammed, and Victor Ukagwu.

The trial of all the suspects was yet to begin as at press time.

In a letter to the EFCC, a United Kingdom anti-corruption group, Global Witness, alleged that about $523million of the $1.1billion paid by Shell and Eni for Malabu Oil Block (OPL 245) has gone to some fronts of a former President.

It said the deal deprived the country of a sum equivalent to 80% of its 2015 health budget in a country where more than 60% of the population live in poverty.

The group made the disclosures in a statement by its Director, Simon Taylor.

It also wrote a letter to the EFCC not to waiver in its determination to probe the sale of the oil block.

Global Witness said prosecutors in the UK have alleged that about $523million of $1.1billion was paid to the fronts of a former President.

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  1. This is the best thing EFCC has done since they started this anti curruption campaine please seize more oil block and return them to Nigeria all this people just exploit the country without regards for the people who own the land . I don't know why she'll is even still in this country is like our government is blind to see what all this company are doing freely on our soil , agip, chevron and the rrest all should go and let only NNPC drill our oil mad people

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