According to charges filed by Nigerian law enforcement agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the High Court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Eni, Eni’s Nigerian subsidiary Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited and Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited are accused of conspiring to commit “Official Corruption contrary to Section 9 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000”.
Former Nigerian Justice Minister Mohammed Adoke and former Oil Minister Dan Etete were also charged with official corruption for receiving over $800m from Shell and Eni. This is the first time that the two oil companies have been charged in Nigeria for their role in the deal.
Fresh money laundering charges were also filed against former Justice Minister Mohammed Adoke. The EFCC alleged in court filings that Mr. Adoke received $2,267,400 on September 16, 2013, Adoke is alleged to have received these funds as payment for the negotiations he brokered between Shell, Eni and Dan Etete’s company for the OPL 245 oil block.
Source: Global Witness