Acting President Osinbajo, Attorney General Malami in turf war over $1.3 billion Malabu scam

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu
Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

On Thursday, January 28, Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), received a letter.

The two-paragraph letter from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, made only one request from the anti-graft chief. Signed by Muhammad Diri, the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, the letter asked Mr. Magu to forward “the case diary in respect of investigation into” the OPL 245 Malabu scandal.

The letter, which should normally be a routine one, caused a dilemma to the EFCC chief. It put him directly in the middle of a conflict, a senior government official called “cold war” between the Attorney General Abubakar Malami, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The crux of the disagreement between the vice president and the attorney general concerns what decision the administration should take as it tries to resolve the fraud and controversy surrounding the allocation of immensely rich OPL 245 to Malabu and its subsequent assignment to oil majors, Shell and Eni.

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported the recommendations made by the justice ministry to the presidency regarding the resolution of a long-drawn scandal which has given Nigeria a bad name, and is being investigated by authorities in Italy, UK, Nigeria, and the U.S.

The recommendations

One of the recommendations which has since been accepted by the Attorney General was for the nullification of the tripartite agreements that ceded the oil bloc to Shell and Eni. The committee described the agreements as “null and void”, saying it “should not be given any legal effect by the FGN (Federal Government of Nigeria) as doing so would amount to the FGN condoning and perpetuating illegality.”

The two oil firms had in 2011 agreed to pay to Malabu, through the Nigerian government, the sum of $1.3 billion dollars for the bloc. While the oil firms claimed at different times that they paid the money into the Nigerian government account not knowing who the final recipient would be, the former attorney general, Mohammed Adoke, who co-signed the agreements on behalf of the federal government, said the government only served as a mediator between two willing parties.

Infographic---Malabu

Over $800 million of the money has since been paid into accounts controlled by ex- petroleum minister, Dan Etete, with most of it believed to have been distributed through phoney companies to top Nigerian government officials, including Mr. Adoke.

Apart from calling for the cancellation of the agreements and the retrieval of the bloc, estimated to contain about nine billion barrels of crude, the justice ministry also called for the prosecution of both Nigerian and foreign officials involved in the scam.

It also recommended that Shell and Eni be fined at least $6.5 billion (five times the $1.3 billion Shell and Eni originally paid in 2011 the block) for their roles. This, it stated, should be done “in accordance with the relevant provisions of our laws in conformity with international best practices via the appropriate courts (at) home or abroad as the case may be.”

Although Mr. Malami is yet to formally advice the presidency on these recommendations, multiple sources close to the Vice President said he was already aware of them and agrees with all but one.

The disagreement

One of the major recommendations of the justice ministry was that the oil bloc return to Malabu.

“Properly speaking, in the eyes of the law, OPL 245 still belongs to Malabu and was never fully transferred to Shell/Agip/Eni,” the ministry’s committee that reviewed the case said in its report.

A lawyer who was involved in drafting the ministry’s recommendations told PREMIUM TIMES that that conclusion was based on some considerations: Malabu was the only one legally allocated the oil bloc by Nigerian government; Mr. Etete who represented Malabu during the 2011 agreement was not a shareholder of the company and had no legal right to do so, an information to which all the other parties including Shell, Eni, and the Nigerian government were privy of; and past presidents, including Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, had all agreed Malabu was the owner of the bloc.

Summary of Malabu's history

“In fact, after a thorough independent investigation, the House of Reps concluded that the oil bloc revert to Malabu, and wrote the federal government on that,” the source, who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said.

However, that recommendation has been rejected by both the Vice President and the Presidential Advisory Committee on corruption, headed by eminent law professor, Itse Sagay.

“That recommendation cannot stand,” a source close to the Vice President said. “Malabu itself was registered falsely and it deceived the government into getting the bloc. The bloc should return to the government.”

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how Mr. Etete, as petroleum minister, awarded the oil bloc to Malabu in 1998. He also created a fictional character, Kwekwu Amafegha, to own 30 per cent shares of Malabu; the other owners being Mohammed Abacha, son of late dictator Sani Abacha, and Hassan Adamu, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S. Mr. Etete created the fictional director because he did not want to be seen awarding an oil bloc to himself.

Controversy lingers

In explaining the Vice President’s stance on the OPL 245 saga, an official close to him, who asked not to be named because of the sensitive nature of the matter, said it was Mr. Sagay’s committee that was directly assigned by President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the case and report to the presidency on the matter.

He described the vice president office’s involvement as “informal”.

However, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that while the Malabu issue signposts the conflict between the VP’s office and the justice ministry, there is indeed a deeper turf fight between the two entities.

Sources at both the Justice Ministry and the VP’s office told this newspaper that part of the recommendations of the presidential committee was that a special prosecution team made up of private credible lawyers be set up.

The team would report directly to the vice president, who himself is a professor of law and former Attorney General of Lagos State. The team, if approved by Mr. Buhari, would prosecute major corruption cases like Malabu, and review pending ones like the Halliburton and Siemens corruption cases.

“What is then the function of the Justice Ministry and all the government lawyers being paid by the government,” an official of the ministry close to the Attorney General said. “If the government thinks they are not competent, why continue to pay them.”

Mr. Malami would not comment on the friction between his office and that of the VP. He did not answer or return calls. Neither did he respond to a text message sent to him. He was also not present in his office when PREMIUM TIMES visited his ministry.

DOWNLOAD: Attorney General’s letter to the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

Magu’s dilemma

While the “cold war” persists, the EFCC chairman, Mr. Magu, is yet to provide the case file requested by the Attorney General.

His dilemma, insiders at the anti-graft agency say, is complicated by the fact that about a week before the AGF’s letter, he received a similar one from the Vice President’s office to which he already replied.

The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, denied knowledge of any of the letters and would not comment on the status of the investigation into OPL 245.

Mr. Diri, however, confirmed that the EFCC chief was yet to respond to the letter from his ministry.

And until Mr. Malami gets the case file, he as Attorney General and Justice Minister cannot write President Buhari on his recommendations on how to resolve the OPL 245 fraud.

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  • persona

    If Malabu was indeed a shell company, then there is no company to return the oil to and the government should take ownership.
    The idea of saying justice ministry staff will have nothing to do does not arise as we have seen how same civil servants ended up making a mockery of the budget.
    If any civil servant wants to be honest, they should do needful. Malami may be doing his own just to show he is a minister, the counsel of a law professor will outweigh the recommendation of Buhari’s lawyer who could not win any of his cases for 12 years at any of our courts. The fact that VP is known to be a man above board and Malami too has cases leaning towards criminals, it should be easy for PMB to decide when he returns next week.

    • Mayo

      1) This is part of the problem we have with the country. The Executive should not be involved in what is purely a ‘law and order’ situation which is statutorily under the Ministry of Justice.
      2) It is the job of the Justice Ministry to prosecute cases. If the Executive feels the Ministry consists of lazy civil servants, they should ask the Minister to weed out the bad ones and hire new staff. There should be no talk about setting up a new team of lawyers reporting to the VP. This is duplication of efforts and is a drain on the public purse.

      • persona

        As much as you have a point here, the issue is that civil servants are not elected officials and if the presidency is not hands on, it will be derailed.
        The case of the budget is very fresh. You can see how the “oversight” on EFCC has made that agency get right up. If we adopt the template of they should do the jobs they are employed for, we will go nowhere and the president would have lost the battle before it even began.
        Nigeria is a peculiar country where you need to guide even your mechanic on how to do the job you will pay him for. We risk to throw everything away if we are left with these guys on cruise control. They will be compromised and its the same way you don’t leave decision making to you maids concerning your children. Nigeria needs hands on for now.

        • Mayo

          I get your point about oversight but you still miss the mark. Let us take this specific case of the EFCC. The EFCC head reports to the Attorney General. The AG is responsible for the oversight of the EFCC and should be the one asking for files. It is wrong for the office of the VP to be demanding for files directly from EFCC. If the President feels the AG is not performing his job, the President can sack the AG at any time.

          The same principle applies to the budget issue that you raised. It is the job of the different Ministers to have vetted their budgets before it went to the Finance and Budget Ministries. It was in turn the job of those Ministries to have vetted the budget before it went to the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government whose job it was to vet the final came that came to his office. It will be wrong of him to write to the staff of the Ministries to say – you should include ABC in your budget or send the list to me directly.

          Finally, when we bypass the hierarchy like this, we fail to build institutions but rather build ‘strong/big men’. This means that if the oga at the top happens not to be hones, everything falls. We have to learn to build institutions and not ogas at the top.

          • persona

            The EFCC reports to the presidency is the point and at this very time, EFCC is dealing with “Economic and Financial” crimes which incidentally falls under the purview of the VP because he is charged with the economy.
            AT this material time, he is the acting president which makes him have acting oversight and that is the distinction here. The AG is charged with the cases that EFCC takes to court and how they are dispensed. The AG reports to the presidency as you know. If the VP even as a casual observer asks for details, he can because of his position as VP and in charge of the economy and more importantly, he is a law professor which is also a strength for him and the country in the sense that this case may eventually head to court seeing that Shell and AGIP already paid so much for this OML. He may have stepped in for the sake of knowing what it will cost the “economy” should we fail to see all angles. I am not against the AG but as we once saw the likes of El-Rufai thinking they can muscle the VP out because they have known PMB longer may be at play here again. The offices of each public official must be respected and the VP actually contested an election as against the minister so he has so much at statke here than the minister that can be eased out without an impeachment from NASS.

          • Mayo

            1) EFCC does not report to the Presidency. EFCC is under the AG
            2) AG reports to the Presidency. If Osinbajo wants something, he asks the AG who in turn asks EFCC. There is a hierarchy and a way of doing things. Also when it comes to prosecution, the Presidency should not even get involved to remove any appearance of political interference.

  • Factsay

    This practice of giving oil bloc to individuals and companies is corruption epitomized. If oil bloc should be given to anybody at all it should be owners of the land where the oil came from.

    We say we are broke but individuals are given oil blocs as compensation for looting public money in the past.

    • Otile

      The whole thing is like armed robbery: subdue the owners, steal their belongings, and call them bad names.

  • The Percolator

    The tuff war is a healthy debate if it remains professional and everyone respects their boundaries. I hope PMB has the temerity and in-partial mind to hear both sides and decide with a single focus (which is what is in the best interest of Nigerians who are the real owners).

    • Julius

      Thank you. Well stated. This is what happens in a democracy. Let them fight it out and come up with a solid resolve,plans on how to get our money back and punish those that are involve. Jonathan name will come up in this. I bet ya !

  • Dman

    @disqus_vc44ejUDM7:disqus

    If not for corruption the then President Obasanjo should have revoked OPL 245
    on the basis of fraud but he reportedly sought a piece of the cake and he badly
    compromised governmental ethics. So did Umaru Yar’Adua. And the matter lingered
    on. Then came the rogue, Goodluck Jonathan, escorted by his corrupt attoney-general,
    Adoke Muhamed. Jonathan threw off his presidential toga once he sniffed $200 million
    on offer and sat at table to inject himself into the fraud deal as OBLIGOR – not as mediator;
    as Premium Times benignly reported, but as OBLIGOR, meaning: ‘an active counterparty
    in the contract’ with the right to share in the proceeds of crime that’s now under probe.

    • Nkem

      Bros where you get your own story from? OPL 245 was revoked by Obj in 2001 on the recommendations of the Kolade Committee which he, Obj set up to review contracts and awards by the previous administrations. The committee concluded that the license was fraudulently granted to Malabu. If you are not aware of this basic fact about the OPL 245 issue, then I advise you be properly informed about the matter before rushing to comment.

  • Truth Sayer

    Ridiculous story.

  • utolason

    Not as bad as the headline implied. The differences in opinion is quite normal in government cabinets anywhere in the world. The most important thing revealed by your story is that they are both on the same page when it comes to recovering our stolen wealth. That is more important to me than anything else.

    May God bless them and continue to guide them in rescuing us from the hands of evil men.

    • DKING

      greed. Agreement on the fight to stop corruption. Disagreement on processes bla bla bla is normal. Am happy its not that Malami or Osibanjo is fronting for anyone to divert some change into their personal pockets

  • B. Messi

    Kwaropshun is fighting back!

    KILL CORRUPTION OR KWAROPSHUN WILL KILL APC!!!

    • aisha ani

      And only God knows what will kill you.

  • Kiki900

    @utolason:disqus

    Under no circumstances must OPL 245 ever be returned to Sani Abacha family.

    Attorney-General Malami is not thinking the law of fraud properly on OPL 245.

    No right or interest survives or inures to the benefit of a fraudster on point of law.

  • Romberg

    What else do you expect from a confusionist government. I don’t think Buhari is yet able to know and remember his VP’s name.

    Etete served under Abacha. Yet Nigeria’s successive governments have only talked about Abacha loot. St. Buhari doesn’t even believe Abacha stole a penny. GEJ? He thinks GEJ’s ministers stole everything but didn’t have the audacity to query Abacha’s ministers!

  • Romberg

    Just 6 days on the seat, see what Osinbajo has turned into? Omo aijobe ri!

    • objective

      I don’t think you are correct. On the contrary, the case of Osibajo is firstly the case of a heavily gifted intellectual and secondly that of a man with outstanding integrity, a man above board like his Boss (Buhari); and he (Osibajo) has refused to be misled. Simple!

    • aisha ani

      Which 6 days, Buhari is only gone for 5 days. Osibajo just reported to work this morning as acting President, he was in Lagos over the weekend. #campOsibajo

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    When is Buhari returning from his vacation in a London hospital?

    • Otile

      May he never return to administer injustice to my people. If he is coming back to do injustice to my people may he go the way of Yar’Adua. All say amen.

      • MD

        @Otile, may God have mercy on you, you can hate him for no just cause except to satisfy your bigotry he was divinely chosen and when it is God’s time he would take him. May God bless our President, heal and protect him granting him wisdom to fight corruption which is threatening our sovereignty and save us from enemies of this country.

      • aisha ani

        This comment is so not you.

      • Buhari4Ever

        Moron, you will die a very miserable death before Buhari. Do you know how many times he has survived assassinations from people like you? Your people are very useless to themselves and Nigerians

    • Es3

      He will return only after he’s been pumped full of life-sustaining liquids in UK hospital.liquids that would dry up again in no time and leave gasping for breath so soon….so sad a commentary indeed!!!

    • Rommel

      Before departing,did the president not reveal to Nigerians that he will only be away for 5 days? why then do you still ask?

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        You can’t see why I’m asking because like Buhari, you are a dullard.

        • aisha ani

          Did Buhari tell you he was going to a London Hospital?

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            No, he didn’t. But that’s where he’s ended up in.

  • Harrison Arubu

    The office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has the constitutional responsibility to prosecute on behalf of the Federal Government. Any attempt by the Presidency to constitute a team of private lawyers to prosecute this case, except I’m ignorant, is not only a subversion of due process but also a breach of the Constitution.

    • Iskacountryman

      follow the money…

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Thanks for admitting it, you’re actually ignorant. The AG,in Nigeria, is a member of the Executive, therefore, he works with the dictate of the presidency,which constitutes him/herself. Forget the sensational head line by the media

    • Ade Omowest

      Quoting you ‘…..except I’m ignorant,’ unquote. Harrison, It is not unconstitutional for government to employ experienced private lawyers to handle special cases if it feels that government lawyers are not strong or effective enough.

  • Alhajivinco

    Just because the Ministry of Justice has lawyers, should that preclude cases from being assigned to other competent private practitioners, especially when we know how incompetent many government lawyers are?

    • michael

      i think u r ignorant of how government operate, there r 3 arms of government, the executive, judiciary and the legistratures, each of the is indipendent, and there are seperation of power withing them, so the ministry of justice is just doing their job as an indipendent arm of government.

      • SayNo2Tribalism

        There is confusion in your comment, the ministry of justice is part of the executive arm. The executive arm is headed by the President. The Vice President as his name connotes acts on behalf of the President.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Especially those ones recruited by the gorilla of Owu and Don Fortunato

  • Jacky

    My opinion is that the Attorney General Of Nigeria shouldn’t be allowed to tussle with The Vice-President Of Nigeria (Acting President) who is his superior both in Government and the Law Profession. Moreover, it’s illegal to return the oil bloc to Malabu Oil which is a fraud in the first place. However, the tussle is quite unnecessary and distracting….. there are many looters and corruption cases waiting for the attention of Federal prosecutors. The good news is that Oga Buhari will be back in a few days and the problem will be solved the right way. Malami needs to be a little careful, President Buhari wouldn’t tolerate indiscipline in his Government.

  • hummm

    In short, Attorney General dont respect or see Osibajo as his boss. Simple

    • Iskacountryman

      the vp would be impeached…soon…

    • michael

      ignorant is a disease, for ur information osibajo is not his boss, the judiciary is independent as well as the legistrature, their should be separation of power in a democratic government

      • Rommel

        The AG is a political appointment so belongs to the presidency and not the judicial arm so you are wrong on that,the VP is his boss but what is going on here is not about that,it is about the AG feeling side stepped in a matter which he would have considered the signature of his tenure but it appears the presidency has other ideas.

        • whales1212

          One would have thought the OP above knows what he’s talking about.

        • michael

          let me educate u, AG and minister of justice is not the same office, AG is the head of the judiciary which suppose to be independent like the executive and the legistrature while ministeryof justice is the under the executive. kindly tell me what the head of the judiciary is called if u think the AG is not head of the judiciary.

          • Rommel

            In Nigeria which is the contest we are dealing with,the AG and minister of justice are one and the same,what type of education did you receive? one that does not look at facts?

      • objective

        The AG is not part of the Judiciary. He is the Chief Legal (Law) Officer of the Regime (and of the Federation). He’s answerable to the Presidency (the President and the Vice President inclusive). The AG is part of the government; NOT a member of the Judiciary

        • michael

          i don´t think u r old enough to comment here, if AG is not part of the judiciary, then who are the judiciary. can u tell me what judicial department head is called.

      • Ade Omowest

        Your ignorance is so appalling. The Ministry of Justice headed by the AGF/Minister of Justice is part of the executive and not a section or department of Judiciary headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The issue of independence of AGF does not appy as he reports to the Presidency and not the Chief Justice.

  • michael

    If we r really practising democracy and we have separation of power within the 3 arm of government as its suppose to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the judiciary is independent to carry their job, the executive should not bypass the judiciary in any judicial matter.

  • Alhajivinco

    There is no subversion of due process. Previous AGs have ‘farmed’ out important cases to private legal practitioners in the past as is also done in the UK and elsewhere. And there is no separation of powers here. The AG is part of the Executive branch and is subject to the control of the President/Vice-President.

  • Rommel

    Eiiyahhhh! the PDP e-rats are having a field day,well the president will be back Wednesday so they should not worry,no conflict of interest,if you people read very well you will see that it is the AG that is feeling belittled and feels he should handle the case while the president is treating it as a priority that should receive serious attention hence the VP.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Gbam!

    • IZON Redeemer

      No wonder Buhari called u people criminals—-in London–The forst president to ever do so in the world———-so had to be smuggled out of his hotel room—————-is that the one u call your Fulani president—shameless son of a whore————-go and answer your fathers name for once–I am answering mine–what about yours

      • Buhari4Ever

        Deri Orbuka, Buhari was referring to Nigerians like you as criminals. Were you not deported from Switzerland few years back? Becuase you were peddling drugs in all the refugee camps in Geneva.

      • Rommel

        Yes now Diezeani Madueke is hiding somewhere in UK,so also James Ibori who happens to be a guest of her majesty and many other such people so the president was right

      • Rommel

        But is it true that those who steal public resources as regarded highly by the Ijaw?

      • Observer

        well, your papa name fit be damburouba, daiska, that na for your pocket, criminal//lol

    • Fairgame

      He goat like you. You are so demented that you cannot even make appoint on the shameful article that shows the evil agreement called APC between Hausa Fulani and their Yoruba connivers to thief thief niger delta oil. But the end is near for all you thieves and lying liars.

      • Rommel

        HahahahahahahahaLol!!! have you been drinking bitters? because you are so bitter,HahahahahahahLol!

      • Observer

        mumuranchee, your delivery is so weak like over ripe dodo… you lack understanding.. eedey pain you? 2019 na three years time… before then ,GEJ self go feel him own saga..lol

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    Note that Yemi Osinbajo is the acting President. The AGF is playing the ostrich and Nigerians are not unaware of this cuny,cuny antics of those Justice ministry officials.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Reading through the article will make any sane Nigerian sick—-in the head. I have told my fellow Izon brothers from the Niger Delta that, they will continue to lose out so long as the remain in the entity called Nigeria—If it is war let us go to that War–I have never seen peace or Justice bestowed unto the soul of a given ethnic group without war—-How can Premium Times distort facts—–twist issues to suit the needs of the custodians of our colllective interest in the South-south—the South east–Those behind this fracas are the Yorubas led by Obj abd the Ibo Nation period! -The said oil block was given to Etete by Abacha-as a gift-Including that of Danjuma—-Not a single Nigerian is troubling Damjuma over his oil block–But that of Etete and Izon same as the case with Jonathan is the matter in dispute——The question I have for Premium Times and their surrogates from the south east is a very simple matter—How come Etete awarded an oil block to himself–then foolishly made the Son of Abacha a co owner of the oil well? Whereas that of Danjuma had nothing like that? The entire case is about a deep seated hatred for the Ijaw Nation—period-That of Madam Alakija a Yoruba woman who got hers via IBB— is not in dispute but the one gifted to the ijaws—na wahala!—–The VP cannot do anything about the matter—Sagay is an Itsekiri man—Himself and Keyamo have a pathological hatred for the Ijaw Nation—-Obj tried and failed so will Buhari and his cohorts from the south east-chasing this yeye matter about-as if the tomorrow of Nigeria depended on it!

    • IZON Redeemer

      Buhari says daily ‘my people are indisciplined, my people are corrupt’, it didn’t start today o! The great Fela Kuti sang about it long long time ago. Can any Nigerian artiste dare sing about the brainlessness and hatred of this bigot and the Apes in APC today? Yet we are in a democracy! As it was before, so it is now, but God will cut short our suffering in His mercies for the Ijaw Nation–For freedom is our goal-and Not the rule of the Fulanis and the Yorubas ati their surrogates from the south east-concerning their evil plans to keep us in economic bondage for another CENTURY.

      However, it shall not be well with anyone most especially Sagay and his Itsekiri group that are teaming up with the tripod to bring shame-sorrow and tears to the Izon Nation in Jesus name we pray—! Amem and Amen and AMEN!

    • Fairgame

      My brother the shamelessness of some Hausa Fulani and their Yoruba counterparts in conniving to thief niger delta oil is legendary. The entire article is the real story of why Nigeria has remained where it is- corrupt hausa Fulani and Yoruba connivers using power to thief oil from Niger delta backyard. But their end is near.

  • objective

    It is unthinkable that recommendation was ever made to return the “OPL” to Malabu. These Civil Servants at the MOJ are at it again. The recommendation itself appears drenched in absurdity, illegality and corruption; when you look at how Malabu came to own the field in the first place. On the issue of sidelining the AG on the matter, I fail to see how that is the case. The duty of the AG is to advice the government on the law as it affects issues at hand; if however in the wisdom of the government the advice rendered is unacceptable on this occasion, I don’t think any rule has been offended. Osibajo is very right to demand for the file. It is within his authority to do so.

  • Fairgame

    See Hausa fulanis and Yoruba VP fighting over Niger delta oil block. Shame on them. No wonder the political elite controlled by Thiefnubu does not mention regional governments anymore. April oil licensing round will be hot. Niger delta una better wake up. The entire arrangement between Hausa Fulani and Yoruba is to thief thief una oil.

    • ’70

      That goes to prove to the whole world your level of ignorance

      • Fairgame

        No wahala just leave niger delta oil alone. Go to your region and let every region look inwards for its own resources. Thief thief of Niger delta oil is coming to an end. Aren’t you ashamed that an entire article is about hausafulani man and Yoruba man fighting over oil block wey no belong to them. Hypocrites like you sing one Nigeria because of oil but may oil continue to fall till it hits $10 a barrel so that there will be real agitation from all social classes in Nigeria and the parasites that is the hausafulani military boys and their counterparts sucking Nigeria dry will enter their graves that have been waiting for them.

        • ’70

          There you go again, confirming your obvious ignorance. The other regions are already looking inwards and you might soon be left with you $10 per barrel oil to drink…

  • Maria

    The Justice minister feels sidelined, lol! Maybe he has been compromised and the presidency fully aware of it!

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    It’s more news the North wants GEJ out of the way, so their licenses can be renewed cos most of them are expiring from 2016 upwards.

    Monumental injustice is being perpetrated to the people of Niger Delta on whose soil the oil was found.

    These people constitutes the main opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan today. Please Read on:

    (1) This oil block business is so lucrative that Danjuma’s Sapetro divested of its investment in Akpo condensate for $1billion dollars. When it go to the turn of Ijaw man Etete war started in the Kingdom of the TRIPOD-in Nigeria. OML 110 with high yield OBE oil fields was given Cavendish Petroleum owned by Alhaji Mai Daribe, the Borno Patriarch in 1996 by Sanni Abacha. OBE oil field has estimated over 500 million barrels of oil. In layman’s language and using average benchmark of $100 dollars per barrel, translates to $50 billion dollars worth of oil reserve. When you remove the taxes, royalties and sundry duties worth about 60% of the reserve payable over time you get about $20billion dollars worth of oil in the hands of a family.

    OPL 246 was awarded to SAPETRO, a company owned by General Theophilus Danjuma, by Sanni Abacha in 1998. Akpo condensate exports about 300,000 barrels of crude daily.

    NOML 112 and OML 117 were awarded to AMNI International Petroleum Development Company owned by Colonel Sanni Bello in 1999. Sanni Bello is an inlaw to Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria.

    OML 115, OLDWOK Field and EBOK field was awarded to Alhaji Mohammed Indimi from Niger State. Indimi is an inlaw to former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.

    OML 215 is operated by Nor East Petroleum Limited owned by Alhaji Saleh Mohammed Gambo.

    OML 108 is operated by Express Petroleum Company Limited is owned by Alhaji Aminu Dantata. (cool OML II3 allocated to Yinka Folawiyo Pet Ltd is owned by Alhaji W.I. folawiyo–where are the names of the Ijaws on whose land these oil wells are located—

    Do we have oil in Katsina or the state where the socalled VP ati AG hails from in the south west of Yoruba land?—Buhari said the Biafran civil war was fought to keep Nigeria one because of the oil wells—————Buhari is now after Etete—–at the same time he wants the head of Tompolo for the Olu of Itsekiri!

    • Fairgame

      The end of the thieves of Niger delta oil that is some hausafulani and their Yoruba partners is near. May oil go to $10 and may all those who sing ‘one Nigeria’ because of oil eat dust.

      • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

        U are big fool—–Nigeria is the only country where we have the navy patrolling our waters—selling crude oil—The Ijaws are not the ones stealing crude oil it is the Fulanis and Yorubas-Generals-There is now an oil glut—-may be u do not know-Meaning there is so much oil around-Yet all the Nigerians whose entire life depends on the SS does is to call the Ijaws thieves—Not the Fulanis who own the oil wells–Meanhwile the Ibos yearn to continue with the name calling by the Fulanis because it helps them to achieve their objectives of——working to further enslave the ijaw nation———-separation is the only answer

      • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

        Oil will go down to 5 cents——then and only then will Nigeria–know what the SS has been doing for them economically–because Buhari said Oil does not belong to the South south——

      • Rommel

        HahahahahaLol!

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    “Although Mr. Malami is yet to formally advice the presidency on these recommendations, multiple sources close to the Vice President said he was already aware of them and agrees with all but one.”

    What is he waiting for?

    His lack of experience is now being exposed!

    • IZON Redeemer

      waiting for the Ibos to react–to the theivery of Ijaw oil blocks

      • favourtalk

        They won’t come to this thread

  • Abdu

    There is absolutely no justification in the interference of the VP with the functions of the AGF. The Nigerian constitution, under section 150, makes the AGF the chief law officer of the federation. The federal government agencies and functionaries are duty bound to abide by the counsel of the AGF. In the discharge of his constitutional responsibilities the AGF is not under the control of anybody. He is not under any obligation to report to anybody on how he intends to exercise any power vested in him; he can not be subordinated to any committee in legal matters-no matter how powerful; the mandate of all committees are subject to his powers as the chief law officer. His powers are almost absolute!

    • go away from the niger delta

      Is that the Issue—at stake now? Quarrel between Osinbajo and the AGF–over an oil well owned by Ijaw man Etete abi–in the South south abi-If Etete must return his oilblock then dajumah must do same–cause the two oil wells were handed over to them by Abacha—case closed–and leave our Niger delta alone–just go away because u irritate us a lot——–

    • Observer

      but as the acting president, whats his position to the case?

  • confusion in d camp of tivs

    Did Tai Solarin steal before he was put behind bars by Buhari…Who went on to refuse to have thé old man…take his asthma medication..even Britain begged Buhari to allow his Wife supply him with his drugs but he refused….What about Ambrose ali…Who went blind In prison……only for NIgerians to discover that Buhari lied against them people–Is it Ijaw man Etete that he will pity or Tompolo

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    It’s more news the North wants GEJ out of the way, so their licenses can be renewed cos most of them are expiring from 2016 upwards.

    Monumental injustice is being perpetrated to the people of Niger Delta on whose soil the oil was found.

    These people constitutes the main opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan today. Please Read on:

    (1) This oil block business is so lucrative that Danjuma’s Sapetro divested of its investment in Akpo condensate for $1billion dollars. When it go to the turn of Ijaw man Etete war started in the Kingdom of the TRIPOD-in Nigeria. OML 110 with high yield OBE oil fields was given Cavendish Petroleum owned by Alhaji Mai Daribe, the Borno Patriarch in 1996 by Sanni Abacha. OBE oil field has estimated over 500 million barrels of oil. In layman’s language and using average benchmark of $100 dollars per barrel, translates to $50 billion dollars worth of oil reserve. When you remove the taxes, royalties and sundry duties worth about 60% of the reserve payable over time you get about $20billion dollars worth of oil in the hands of a family.

    OPL 246 was awarded to SAPETRO, a company owned by General Theophilus Danjuma, by Sanni Abacha in 1998. Akpo condensate exports about 300,000 barrels of crude daily.

    NOML 112 and OML 117 were awarded to AMNI International Petroleum Development Company owned by Colonel Sanni Bello in 1999. Sanni Bello is an inlaw to Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria.

    OML 115, OLDWOK Field and EBOK field was awarded to Alhaji Mohammed Indimi from Niger State. Indimi is an inlaw to former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.

    OML 215 is operated by Nor East Petroleum Limited owned by Alhaji Saleh Mohammed Gambo.

    OML 108 is operated by Express Petroleum Company Limited is owned by Alhaji Aminu Dantata. (cool OML II3 allocated to Yinka Folawiyo Pet Ltd is owned by Alhaji W.I. folawiyo–where are the names of the Ijaws on whose land these oil wells are located—

    Do we have oil in Katsina or the state where the socalled VP ati AG hails from in the south west of Yoruba land?—Buhari said the Biafran civil war was fought to keep Nigeria one because of the oil wells—————Buhari is now after Etete—–at the same time he wants the head of Tompolo for the Olu of Itsekiri!

  • Fulani don sack Ibo again

    The presidency replaces Dr kachikwu and has appointed Dr. Maikanti Baru as Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

    Lol! As the Fulanis take over the oil industry–for good–Sadly he saw himself as a Fulani ati Yoruba man when he was spying against Jonathan for them. Now he has been flushed out

    Kachukwu, are you not an Igbo man? And you think Muhammadu Buhari”would be comfortable with you in that position?

    Lol! Welcome home to the South east!

  • Bambam

    The oil block should revert back to Malabu and it’s owners..agreed it was awarded fraudulently by Etete as oil minister..but so is so many other oil blocks that have all being awarded fraudulently in the past..if we cleaning Malabu’s stable then we have to clean all stables too..otherwise we block the sale of the oil field to Shell and Eni and revert ownership back to Malabu..it’s tempting to say the oil block returns to the FG..but truth is Malabu legally owns the block and it reverts back to them..simple!!

    • IZON Redeemer

      If Etete should return his oil block Danjuma should be made to return his also–period–Because it was the same Abacha who gave both of them the oil wells–why is it that- Etete my Ijaw brother has his in dispute and that of Damjuma a Hausa/Fulani is not——?Oooooooooooooooooooooooooh —————Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee———————–9jas——of old Nigeria—————-There must be a document which Abacha signed for Etete————-Was Damjumah given his oil well because he was also oil Minister at that time? Oga Sagay over to Your Itsekiri lagal brain———-thieves——————-animals

      • Bambam

        Well you should blame Etete for not quietly running his criminal business like Danjuma has been running his crime empire..the problem with Southerners is we make to much noise and get ourselves into trouble..but like I said Malabu legally obtained the oil block and if their attempt to sell it is blocked and monies returned to the FG..then the oil block should revert to Malabu..simple!!

  • peaceometer

    The process should be review. Abacha son should not be given a chance to own oil block. He still have billions of dollars buried in Kano. Remember Maryam Abacha said no matter how FGN seize their properties they Abacha family cannot be ‘poor’ as Dangote of Africa

  • Fulani don sack Ibo again

    The presidency replaces Dr kachikwu and has appointed Dr. Maikanti Baru as Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

    Lol! As the Fulanis take over the oil industry–for good–Sadly he saw himself as a Fulani ati Yoruba man when he was spying against Jonathan for them. Now he has been flushed out

    Kachukwu, are you not an Igbo man? And you think Muhammadu Buhari”would be comfortable with you in that position?

    Lol! Welcome home to the South east!

    • Titus

      fulani, MD of NNPC and Minister of Petroleum, which one is the senior? mischief maker. Leave Dr Kachukwu alone with your busybody.

  • Not one Ijaw on d list

    It’s more news the North wants GEJ out of the way, so their licenses can be renewed cos most of them are expiring from 2016 upwards.

    Monumental injustice is being perpetrated to the people of Niger Delta on whose soil the oil was found.

    These people constitutes the main opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan today. Please Read on:

    (1) This oil block business is so lucrative that Danjuma’s Sapetro divested of its investment in Akpo condensate for $1billion dollars. When it go to the turn of Ijaw man Etete war started in the Kingdom of the TRIPOD-in Nigeria. OML 110 with high yield OBE oil fields was given Cavendish Petroleum owned by Alhaji Mai Daribe, the Borno Patriarch in 1996 by Sanni Abacha. OBE oil field has estimated over 500 million barrels of oil. In layman’s language and using average benchmark of $100 dollars per barrel, translates to $50 billion dollars worth of oil reserve. When you remove the taxes, royalties and sundry duties worth about 60% of the reserve payable over time you get about $20billion dollars worth of oil in the hands of a family.

    OPL 246 was awarded to SAPETRO, a company owned by General Theophilus Danjuma, by Sanni Abacha in 1998. Akpo condensate exports about 300,000 barrels of crude daily.

    NOML 112 and OML 117 were awarded to AMNI International Petroleum Development Company owned by Colonel Sanni Bello in 1999. Sanni Bello is an inlaw to Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria.

    OML 115, OLDWOK Field and EBOK field was awarded to Alhaji Mohammed Indimi from Niger State. Indimi is an inlaw to former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.

    OML 215 is operated by Nor East Petroleum Limited owned by Alhaji Saleh Mohammed Gambo.

    OML 108 is operated by Express Petroleum Company Limited is owned by Alhaji Aminu Dantata. (cool OML II3 allocated to Yinka Folawiyo Pet Ltd is owned by Alhaji W.I. folawiyo–where are the names of the Ijaws on whose land these oil wells are located—

    Do we have oil in Katsina or the state where the socalled VP ati AG hails from in the south west of Yoruba land?—Buhari said the Biafran civil war was fought to keep Nigeria one because of the oil wells—————Buhari is now after Etete—–at the same time he wants the head of Tompolo for the Olu of Itsekiri!

  • IZON Redeemer

    AN DANIEL WILSON BE RIGHT ON THIS!

    On Abacha, Buhari, IBB, OBJ and Abdulsalami.

    Our people have suddenly become anti corruption crusaders because of the bad belle syndrome that prevails.

    Despite all the money Abacha stole, no northerner, not even, Buhari, had accused, nor spoken ill against him. In fact our present president has nothing but praises for him.

    Despite all the money IBB stole from the gulf war oil boom, nobody had questioned him or disgraced his lieutenants just to make a point.

    Despite all the obvious money OBJ stole to become one of the richest men in Africa on retirement from govt, when all he had was 2700 naira in his account just before he became president, no Yoruba man is calling for his head.

    Despite all the loot Abdusallam gathered in less than one year in govt, the country did not cave in, the world never came down and all hausas kept mum.

    Just because a south south man became president by divine intervention of God which is against the will of the northern oligarchy and probably tasted the national cake that’s even baked and prepared in his backyard, hell is being let loose and his blood brothers are been used against him to disgrace and bring him down

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way in support of corruption if proven but we should understand these games and plans by the north as the real threat to our nation’s survival and condemn it rather than insult and blame Goodluck Jonathan!!! –

    • IZON Redeemer

      Buhari never won the 2015 presidential election after all. His ‘victory’ was nothing short of a criminal conspiracy likened to the Sicilian Mafia bound by oath of omerta calling to mind the gross electoral malpractices and irregularities that took place in the desert northern city-states of Bauchi, Kano, and Sokoto where polling stations swarm with underaged voters, the camera, it is said, cannot lie; they were caught in the act. This would have made enough evidence to have the victory of Muhammadu Buhari upturned had the incumbent President gone progressively to contest the results in the nation’s apex court in Abuja. Against all odds, he was allowed to assume the reigns of power. All criminal behaviours involve the use of force, fraud, or stealth to obtain material or symbolic resources. Self-styled grandees who commit white collar crimes, like he did, appear more self-centered and indifferent to the sufferings of other people. The President did say Nigerians propensity for criminality has made it hard for them to be accepted abroad.Focusing on criminality in this regard rather than political-legal definitions also allows us to finesse the perplexing problem of why some acts are defined as crimes while similar arguably more damaging acts – white collar crimes which he has been traced to him and his cohorts – are not. Evidence abound where Buhari shields his cronies and party partisans from criminal persecution and these, I dare say, are the real criminals. Does that not make him an accomplice? Then why on earth would one throw stones while one lives in a glass house?

  • Malchine

    NEXT PLEASE!

  • ubuntu1

    That is why the Minister of Justice SHOULD NOT also be the Attorney General. Minister represents the Government, Attorney General represents the country. When there is a clash, this happens. Attorney General is not supposed to be answerable to Government, but Minister of Justice is.

  • Passionate about Nigeria

    This is what happens when you appoint an incompetent person into a sensitive position like AGF. We lawyers know that Malaymi does not know what he is doing. See the mess, the extremely avoidable and unnecesary cock-up he created in Kogi state. The reality is that Malami does not know or understand the first, middle or last thing about what it takes to effectively prosecute a corruption case. I’m sure this was apparent to PMB yet our dear President still decided to reward loyalty with a sensitive post like AGF! When you appointed Prof Sagay’s committee to prop up your baby SAN did you really think it would work? Malami is in over his head and those behind the corruption in Nigeria will chew him to pieces without leaving any bones if care is not taken. This man cannot stand head and shoulders with Osibajo or any of the juganaut SANs Nigeria has produced. You cannot hope to win the anticorruption war with someone who became an SAN on affirmative action indigenous let-include-a Northern sentiments. These people are not playing games and neither Mr President should you. Please aquickly identify those portfolio s that are critical to your success as President and put the very best there. You can give the non-core portfolios on the basis of loyalty and sentiment. You owe us that much.

  • favourtalk

    Kudos to the acting president in making sure that Nigeria will be better in the next few years. Anyone who wanna stop the progress should be prosecuted and sent to jail. No more corruption allowed in this administration

  • MushinSpeaks

    Lets first give an applaud on the FG’s initiatives to investigate hindered probe. Whatever hiccups that may arise should be carefully dealt with while ensuring the looters face their calamity.

  • David Adeniran

    I hope this guy will not in any way frustrate the anti-corruption war of this administration as Aondoakaa (the former SAN) did?

  • Prince Yusuf

    To be very very realistic, the attached letter is fake, so the whole story is fake. Why confusing the public? Haba Premimiumtimes!!!!!!

    • Titus

      how do you know?