By John Donovan
Did Shell senior management and their spook advisors really think that it was possible to get into bed with a shyster such as Dan Etete and remain uncontaminated?
There were too many crooks, too many players and too much money involved to keep the $1bn plus OPL 245 deal secret. It was only a matter of time before the corruption scandal was bound to unravel.
The facts emerged gradually, in various litigation, in multiple jurisdictions, including the USA, mainly over the division of the spoils.