Malabu Scandal: Court orders arrest of Etete, Adoke, others

Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Jabi has allowed the supplications of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a warrant of capture against Nigerian authorities embroiled in the dubious Malabu Oil outrage.

The authorities incorporate Dan Etete, a former petroleum minister, and Mohammed Adoke, a former justice minister.

Additionally pronounced needed were Raph Wetzels, Casula Roberto, Pujato Stefano, and Burrato Sebastiano.

They were intended to be summoned before Justice D.Z Senchi on Wednesday, to deal with indictments identified with the embarrassment, however, but failed to show up.

Backstory

The EFCC had since 2017 pressed charges against Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Co. Ltd, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, Eni Spa, Raph Wetzels, Casula Roberto, Pujato Stefeno, Burrato Sebastiano, Duazia Louya Etete (aka Dan Etete), Mohammed Bello Adoke, Aliyu Abubakar and Malabu Oil & Gas Limited.

Every one of the defendants repeatedly and again neglected to show up before the court.

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Following their rehashed absence in court, the EFCC through its counsel, Aliyu Yusuf, brought a movement ex parte imploring the court for a warrant of their arrest, and a request for leave to execute the warrant outside of the jurisdiction of the court.

On Wednesday, as indicated by the EFCC, Judge Senchi granted the petitions of the anti-graft agency, and decided that the Nigeria Police, the INTERPOL and some other law enforcement agency “should arrest them anyplace they were found including outside jurisdiction of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) High Court”.

Although Mr Etete has not appeared in a Nigerian court, his lawyer has appeared during trials at the Italian court.

The matter was adjourned to July 11, 2019, for further hearing

Scandal

The Malabu scandal involved the transfer of about $1.1 billion by oil multinationals, Shell and ENI, through the Nigerian government to accounts controlled by Mr Etete.

From accounts controlled by Mr Etete, about half the money ($520 million) went to the accounts of companies controlled by Abubakar Aliyu, popularly known in Nigeria as the owner of AA oil.

Anti-corruption investigators and activists suspect he fronted for top officials of the Goodluck Jonathan administration as well of officials of Shell and ENI.

The transaction was authorized in 2011 by Mr Jonathan through some of his cabinet ministers, and the money was payment for OPL 245, one of Nigeria’s richest oil blocks.

Despite the fact that Shell and ENI at first asserted they didn’t realize the cash would finish up with Mr Etete and his associates, the proof has demonstrated that claim to be false.

Shell, Eni, Mr Etete, Mr Aliyu and a few authorities of the oil firms are being arraigned in Italy for their roles in the scandal.

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