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WSJ: Italy’s Oil King Fights to Preserve His Legacy

Chief of country’s second-largest company faces accusations that he approved bribery payments to Nigerian officials

By Sarah McFarlane and Eric Sylvers:

By some measures, Claudio Descalzi is one of the most influential chief executives to lead Italian oil giant Eni E -0.93% SpA. But after 39 years with the company—the last six as CEO—he is on trial, facing charges that he orchestrated the company’s payment of $1.3 billion for drilling rights in Nigeria with the understanding that most of the money would be paid out in bribes.

As Mr. Descalzi fights the charges in a Milan court, he is vying for a third three-year term as Eni’s CEO. He defends his tenure leading Italy’s second-largest company and denies taking part in any illegal activity. He wants another term, he said, to continue transforming Eni and grooming its future leadership. read more

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Reuters: Italy tax police search offices of Eni managers in obstruction probe: sources

JANUARY 23, 2020 / 10:12 PM

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian tax police searched the Milan offices of three managers at Eni (ENI.MI) on Thursday to widen an investigation into suspected obstruction of justice by officials at the Italian oil group, two sources said.

The inquiry is still in an early phase and has been overshadowed by an ongoing corruption trial centering on the 2011 purchase of a Nigerian oilfield by Eni and oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L).

Milan prosecutors opened the obstruction case in 2018 to investigate whether in 2015 and 2016 Eni officials had sought to discredit two independent board members who later became witnesses in the Nigeria case. read more

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Vanguard: FG files 42-count charge against Adoke, AGIP, Shell over Malabu oil scam


By Ikechukwu Nnochiri: JAN 21, 2020

The Federal Government, on Monday, slammed a fresh 42-count charge against the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, SAN, over alleged fraud in the $1.1billon Malabu oil deal.

Adoke, who served as AGF under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, was arrested upon his return to the country from Dubai, United Arab Emirate, on December 19, 2019.

He went on self-exile shortly after ex-President Jonathan lost his re-election bid in 2015, but was arrested and detained in Dubai by the INTERPOL on November 11. read more

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OPL 245: Former CEO Shell in Nigeria may have benefited from the purchase of a mega-oil field

English translation of an article published 14 Jan 2020 by ncr.nl the Dutch news media giant

Former CEO Shell in Nigeria may have benefited from the purchase of a mega-oil field

The Italian prosecutor suspects that the former chief executive of Shell in Nigeria has benefited from the controversial purchase of the mega-oil field OPL 245 off the Nigerian coast. This is Sunmonu Mutiu, who led the Nigerian division of the Anglo-Dutch oil company. He was also a director of a software company that received 5 million dollars for unclear reasons a few years after the OPL deal. They would come from Nigerian former minister Dan Etete, owner of the oil field and the main suspect in the bribery case where more than 1 billion euros in bribes would have been paid. The possible self-enrichment by a senior Shell manager is in a request for legal assistance that Italian prosecutor Fabio De Pasquale recently sent to the US. He leads the Italian investigation into possible bribery by Shell and the Italian oil company Eni. Shell does not want to respond because it is still studying the ‘new documents’. (NRC) read more

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A suitcase full of secrets about oil, sex and bribery by Shell

English translation of an article published by the Dutch news media giant nrc.nl 

A suitcase full of secrets about oil, sex and bribery by Shell

Shell in Nigeria A dubious game took place around Africa’s most coveted oil field. New, secret documents from a confiscated suitcase tell how Shell tried to avoid reputational damage.

Former oil minister Dan Etete (r) was the owner of the oil field, but also infected after a conviction for money laundering. Photo Gindl Barbara / AFP

What’s the news?

The Italian prosecutor suspects that the former chief executive of Shell in Nigeria has benefited from the controversial purchase by Shell of the mega-oil field OPL 245 off the Nigerian coast. This is Sunmonu Mutiu, who led the Nigerian division of the Anglo-Dutch oil company. read more

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Africa Energy Intelligence – OPL 245: the silent exodus of team in charge of the deal at Shell

Extracts from NIGERIA Africa Energy Intelligence article dated 07/01/2020

As an Italian court continues its probe into the award of Nigeria’s most promising offshore block, all those involved in the deal at Shell are no longer with the major.

These include the head of upstream at the time Malcolm Brinded, former general counsel Keith Ruddock and legal advisor for Africa Guus Klusener.

Shell’s political advisor and ex-MI6 John Copleston, who met with Etete on several occasions to discuss the OPL 245 deal in 2010, has left…

Another former MI6 agent, Guy Colegate, who had advised Shell during the OPL 245 talks from Nigeria, left to work for Heritage Oil in 2013… read more

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Unending controversy over $1.2bn Malabu Oil deal

LATEST OPL 245 NEWS JANUARY 4, 2020

“Shell and Agip again went into a fraudulent agreement with Malabu Oil and Gas, in which the companies will pay a signature bonus of $210m to the Federal Government of Nigeria, while $1.2b would be paid to the owners of Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd. “Shell Petroleum was later to explain that the payment was for compensation, but an investigation conducted revealed that the money was a bribe to Dan Etete and his cronies.”

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What actually happened to the $1.2billion allegedly paid by Shell and Agip into Federal Government’s Escrow Account with JP Morgan Chase bank sometime in 2011 in relation to the execution of a supposed settlement agreement in respect of the controversial OPL 245 held by Malabu Oil and Gas? Was it a bribe or compensation? The truth could only be known at the conclusion of the charges now pending against former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke and others. ERIC IKHILAE reports.

Had President Muhammadu Buhari accepted the suggestion by his Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, on how he thought was the best way to permanently rest the seeming undying scandal that the Malabu Oil and Gas Limited’s Oil Mining Lease (OML) 254 has become, his (Malami’s) immediate predecessor’s return on December 19, 2019 would have been less dramatic and controversial.

Malami had, in a legal opinion dated September 27, 2017 told the President, among others, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was on a wild goose chase in proposing to prosecute his immediate predecessor, Mohamed Adoke for the last administration’s dealing in relation to what has grown to become the Malabu oil deal scandal. read more

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FRANCE 24: Nigerian communities struggle with devastating oil spills

Ikarama-Okordia (Nigeria) (AFP): 3 Jan 2020

Martha Alfred used to harvest 20 bags of cassava each year before an oil spill forced her to abandon her field and hawk roasted fish to survive.

Her smallholding at Ikarama-Okordia, a community in southern Nigeria’s Bayelsa state, became unfit for growing crops after crude from a nearby Shell facility spewed into the environment last August, she says.

Today, the 33-year-old mother of two looks angry and helpless, her woes compounded by downpours during the last rainy season that flooded her land. read more

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BBC NEWS: UK and US considered Nigeria naval blockade over Saro-Wiwa execution

The UK and US considered a navy-backed oil embargo against Nigeria, following the 1995 execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, a document released by the UK government reveals.

Saro-Wiwa and eight other campaigners from the Ogoni ethnic group were hanged on 10 November 1995.

They had been found guilty by a secret military tribunal of the murder of four Ogoni chiefs by a mob.

The nine denied the charge and said they had been framed.

Saro-Wiwa led mass protests against oil pollution in Nigeria’s Ogoniland.

The protests were seen as a major threat to Nigeria’s military ruler at the time, Gen Sani Abacha, and Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell.

The executions led to Nigeria suspension from the Commonwealth. read more

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FT: Graft and mismanagement claims taint Nigeria oil clean-up

in Eleme, Nigeria:29 Dec 2019

Local people’s lack of faith is rooted in decades of mistrust in the authorities. In the 1990s, writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop) led non-violent protests seeking justice for the Ogoni over the severe environmental degradation in their homeland caused by oil extraction. The government responded with a brutal crackdown and in 1994 executed Mr Saro-Wiwa and eight others. Little has changed since. Ogoniland, like the broader Niger Delta, has become more polluted and development has stalled, with little to show for the billions of dollars in crude that has been extracted. read more

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OPL 245: Adoke to present documents on $1.06b Malabu oil deal

The former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN),

In Milan, two middlemen were convicted and some former and current Shell and Eni officials are also on trial. “The value of the oil block was put at about $3.5 billion but through underhand deals, Nigeria only got about $209million

From Yusuf Alli, Abuja: Dec 23, 2019

There were indications on Sunday that the bank accounts of former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke are being screened by operatives probing his suspected involvement in the $1.06 billion Malabu Oil Block (OPL 245) deal.

The former minister, who has been in custody since last Thursday when he returned to the country from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has opted to pass data and documents relating to the deal to investigators, it was gathered. read more

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PUNCH: $1.1bn Malabu oil scandal: Prosecutors want Nigerian ‘super witness’ to testify in Italy

Regarded as one of the biggest corporate corruption scandals in history, the Malabu oil scandal involved the transfer of about $1.1bn by oil giants Shell and Eni through the Federal Government to accounts controlled by a former Minister of Petroleum, Mr Dan Etete. Shell and Eni were said to have given the bribes in a bid for OPL 245, one of Nigeria’s richest oil blocks. The oil block’s reserves were estimated to be 9.23 billion barrels of crude oil.

Jesusegun Alagbe and Alexander Okere: Published Dec 21, 2019

Italian prosecutors have been asked to produce a Nigerian ‘super witness’ who is a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Isaac Eke, in the ongoing probe of the $1.1bn Malabu oil scandal.

The Palace of Justice in Milan, Italy, during the week told prosecutors to make the key witness appear before it by January 29, 2020, to testify in the trial.

Turning down recorded testimony of the witness and all forms of examination via video conferencing, the court said unlike before when it allowed Nigerian witnesses testify via video conferencing, the ex-police chief must be physically present to testify at the ultimatum. read more

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OPL 245: Nigeria’s ex-attorney general held by financial crimes agency over $1.3 billion oil deal

by Reuters: Thursday, 19 December 2019 22:35 GMTABUJA, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s former attorney general was detained by the country’s financial crimes agency upon his return home on Thursday, the commission said in a statement, as part of an investigation into one of the oil industry’s biggest suspected corruption scandals.

Mohammed Adoke was arrested by Interpol in November after travelling to Dubai for a medical appointment. He voluntarily flew back to the West African country on Thursday, his lawyer said.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigation relates to the $1.3 billion sale of a Nigerian offshore oilfield known as OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas in 2011.

Eni SpA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc jointly acquired the field from Malabu, which was owned by former petroleum minister Dan Etete. read more

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In a dangerous world, human rights activists have been winning all year

18 December 2019, 15:02 UTC

With inequality, injustice and hate speech seemingly ever more prevalent across the globe, you’d be forgiven for thinking 2019 has been a bad year for human rights. Yet, we have also seen some significant wins. Activists the world over have been galvanised to stand up and fight for our human rights – and thanks to their relentless campaigning we achieved some striking leaps forward.

The District Court of The Hague issued an interim ruling in favour of Esther Kiobel and three other women who took on one of the world’s biggest oil companies, Shell, in a fight for justice. Esther has pursued the company for more than 20 years over the role she says it played in the arbitrary execution of her husband in Nigeria. Amnesty has shared over 30,000 solidarity messages with Esther Kiobel, and is supporting her Kiobel vs Shell case in The Hague. As a result of this hearing, the court in October 2019 heard for the first time the accounts of individuals who accuse Shell of offering them bribes to give fake testimonies that led to the ‘Ogoni Nine’ – who included Esther Kiobel’s husband – being sentenced to death and executed. read more

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Nigeria: Delta Oil Community Issues 48 Hours Ultimatum to Shell Company

Ughelli — Ojobo community in Burutu local government area of Delta State has issued a 48hours ultimatum to Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC over what the community described as the non-implementation of an existing General Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU with the company.

The community is accusing SPDC of failing to release funds accrued to it under an existing GMoU it entered with the company as well as an immediate commencement of the Community Interdependency Electrification Project, CIEP. read more

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UK court ruling knocks back Rivers govt’s bid to acquire Shell’s oil asset in Ogoniland

UK court ruling knocks back Rivers govt’s bid to acquire Shell’s oil asset in Ogoniland

Last Thursday’s ruling of a UK high court rejecting a request by the Ejama-Ebubu community in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State has put a wedge in the attempt by the Rivers State government to acquire a stake in a disputed mining lease in Ogoniland.

The lease located in the oil mining concession OML 11 is operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). It has been the subject of prolonged litigation by the community and Shell.

The community had accused the Dutch firm of responsibility for a massive 1969/70 oil spill allegedly from a ruptured oil pipeline in its facility. read more

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