Malabu $1.1 billion Scandal: EFCC files fresh corruption charges against Shell, Eni, Adoke, Etete, others

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, EFCC, has filed fresh corruption charges against two multinational oil firms, Shell and Eni, for their roles in the Malabu $1.1 billion scandal.

The charges were filed at the FCT High Court on Thursday afternoon against the oil majors and nine other individuals and firms.

Some of the others charged alongside Shell and Eni are two former Nigerian ministers, Mohammed Adoke (Justice) and Dan Etete (Petroleum), as well as controversial businessman Aliyu Abubakar.

The suspects are accused of, among others, conspiring to defraud the Nigerian government.

The new charges are part of an international collaboration to ensure all those who partook in the $1.1 billion OPL 245 scandal are brought to justice.

The OPL 245 oil block is currently owned by the Nigerian government after a temporary court order granted an EFCC application.

Shell and Eni have since appealed the order asking that the block be returned to them. Both firms paid the $1.1 billion into a Nigerian government account in 2011. Most of the money later ended up with shady individuals including Messrs. Etete and Abubakar.

Details later…


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  • Observatory


    The trouble with Nigeria in the year 2017

    When asked at the Chatam House Press briefing in
    England if he would take a question at a time Muhamadu Buhari boasted: “I want
    more!” and when asked triple question at a go he had no memory to recall the
    three questions or the articulateness to answer the one he remembered. Properly
    educated Nigerians who are not given to greed or theft screamed havoc that a
    complete illiterate will be taking office in Nigeria. Alhaji Lai Muhammed and
    his hired rabid Muslim hirelings demurred. What a brilliant showpiece in
    statesmanship, they blurted in counter-intuitive illogic like over-bribed
    journalists without any care for the facts or truth.

    As Yoruba Muslims thereafter
    continued to impose false narratives via hired journalists on better-educated
    non-Muslims who should have known better and rejected the broom-waving
    hypnotism out of hand, Nigeria fell to pieces under the rule of the illiterate
    Muslims. There’s no hope Nigeria will ever exit the doldrums of pain and
    penalty in the ongoing third consecutive quarter of economic recession until
    Buhari’s useless term in office ends in the year 2019. This is the price useful
    idiots who chose lies over truth will pay further for another two years in
    complete darkness from permanent electricity failure. After that time not a few
    Nigerians will beware of Muslims. Islamism is the present trouble with Nigeria
    of which corruption is mere symptom.

    • Yinka Agbewa



      • el figaro

        “Without competitive tendering and with full, unconditional exemption from all national taxes,
        the OPL 245 block was bought illegally in contravention of domestic laws. In total, $801.5
        million was allegedly transferred to Etete’s Malabu accounts; and $466 million out of the
        amount was used for remunerating government officials, including Jonathan and
        Alison-Madueke. A suspected “agent” of Jonathan, named Abubakar Aliyu, is
        alleged to have withdrawn a further $54 million and beneficiaries of the money
        went on a shopping spree buying property, aeroplanes, armoured cars.”

        ……..Italy Prosecutors’ filed charges in Italian Court

        (December, 2016)

    • raff jones

      What is the relevance or relationship between your emotional disorder and the article?

      • Luke Ogor


        But he’s convincing me to see the bigger picture that Islam is the biggest problem with Nigeria.

        If you can solve Islam first you will get rid of big lies and dishonesty to make it easy solve thefts.

        Wherever lies become public policy in the name of Islamist solidarity, staling will nearly kill people.

  • Crude Oil Observer

    “Though Shell and ENI paid Nigerian government, the $1.1billion was transferred shortly after to Malabu
    Oil and Gas company, controlled by ex-Oil Minister, Dan Etete, who in 2007 was convicted in France of

    According to the (then) Nigerian Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke,
    Shell and ENI were fully aware, and in agreement, that the money would be transferred to Etete’s company –
    Malabu Oil & Gas.

    If as Nigeria’s Attorney General Mohammed Adoke suggests, Shell and ENI knew that the ultimate destination
    of the US$1.1 billion paid by Shell and the Italian energy company (ENI) for a Nigerian oil block – OPL 245 –
    would be Malabu Oil and Gas company and Chief Dan Etete, then, this transaction might well fall foul
    of anti-bribery legislation in the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy.

    The reason is that a substantial monetary ’reward’ ended up being paid to a company controlled
    by an individual, who had arguably abused his public position to obtain OPL 245 in opaque
    circumstances during the General Abacha dictatorship in Nigeria”

    …….…..Global Witness (U.S.A)

    (November 12, 2012)

    • Saladin Cassandra

      @Crude Oil Observer,

      Well, on those facts, Mohammed Adoke (Jonathan’s attorney-general) could
      become President Jonathan’s Achilles’ heel for assuring Jonathan that no criminal
      or civil liability will follow President Jonathan’s brokerage of a private oil
      bloc deal between SHELL OIL and MALABU OIL Limited after the initial illegal
      grant of OPL 245 to Dan Etete – contrary to law.

      Mohammed Adoke had said the federal government; i.e; President Jonathan merely
      acted as ‘obligor’, to sound educated or confident in public
      ears that no liability can ensue for President Jonathan or even for himself on
      a separate premium of $40million said in rumors to have been paid to Adoke
      Mohammed to buy his consent privately.

      But in extent that an ‘obligor’
      does not mean an innocent bystander – but rather means a full participant as
      counterparty to a business transaction – Mohammed Adoke may just have blundered
      on this transaction and opened up President Jonathan to possible indictment for
      moneylaundering investigations abroad.

  • sammyctu ode

    She’ll especially has been the most corrupt arrogant malicious oil company in Nigeria. What they can’t do in any western country they have been doing them in Nigeria for more than six decades. They corrupted their Nigerian top executives like omene, nnamaka achebe, omiyi. late udofia, diezani, sunmonu and many others to work against the interest of Nigeria and shell Nigerian staff, She’ll colluded with all the corrupt nnpc officials to cheat Nigeria and they committed a lot of artrocticies against the Niger delta’s by degradation of their environment and not paying adequate compensations, they used corrupt traditional rulers against their various communities and committed lots of impunities against Nigeria and Nigerians. Shell is a rouge oil company in Nigeria. They don’t have any right to own OPL 245 cos they acquired it fraudulently by conniving with rouge few Nigerians.