Tinubu instructs the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Lokpobiri to resolve the $1.3 billion oil block dispute


President Bola Tinubu has directed key government entities, including the Attorney-General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri, to swiftly resolve the prolonged legal disputes surrounding the $1.3 billion deepwater OML 245 oil block in the southern Niger Delta.

The order extends to agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, and Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

Lokpobiri revealed in Abuja that negotiations are underway to settle the 28-year-old crisis surrounding the lucrative oil block within the next month.

The Malabu OML 245 deal, marked by corruption allegations, fraud, and prolonged legal battles, involves the acquisition of the oil block by Shell and Eni in 2011 for $1.3 billion.

The complexity of the case, stemming from questionable practices in the late 1990s, has led to litigations involving Nigeria, Eni, Shell, and Malabu, with allegations of bribery and corruption.

Despite various investigations and legal actions in different jurisdictions, the outcomes have been mixed, prompting considerations to end further litigation and allow development of the block.

Lokpobiri emphasized the economic importance of resolving the issue promptly, expressing the government’s commitment to attracting investments to benefit Nigerians.

The case sheds light on the challenges of corruption in extractive industries and raises questions about the role of Western oil companies in potentially fueling corruption in resource-rich countries.


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