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Reuters: Nigerian court issues warrant for former oil minister in $1.3 billion oil deal

JANUARY 30, 2020

ABUJA (Reuters) – A Nigerian court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for former oil minister Dan Etete and two others in relation to a $1.3 billion oil deal scandal.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission lawyer Balance Sanga said the arrest warrant was a precursor for declaring Etete wanted before the country sought Interpol help in apprehending him.

“They have to come and face trial”, Sanga told Reuters.

lawyers representing Etete in Italy did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The circumstances surrounding the award of the oilfield, OPL 245, is one of the oil industry’s biggest corruption scandals. It is the subject of an ongoing court case in Italy that has also ensnared figures from two of the sector’s biggest players, Shell and Eni.

The companies have denied wrongdoing.

Earlier this year, Nigeria successfully sought the extradition of former attorney general Mohammed Adoke from Dubai for allegedly receiving bribes to facilitate the deal.

Reporting By Camillus Eboh in Abuja, additional reporting and writing by Libby George; editing by David Evans and Nick Macfie

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