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Court Orders Arrest Of Ex Minister Bello Adoke, Dan Etete, Others Over Malabu Oil Deal

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High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Jabi area has  a warrant of arrest against Dan Etete, ex-Minister of Petroleum and Mohammed Adoke, ex-AGF implicated in the Malabu Oil Deal. They are to be arrested anywhere they are found.

The order was given today, Wednesday by Justice D. Z.  Senchi in accordance with the prayers of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

The two former ministers who and the four others are being prosecuted alongside Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company, and ENI, as well as Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd, Rocky Top Resource Ltd, Imperial Union Ltd, Novel Properties & Dev. Co. Ltd, Group Construction Ltd, and Megatech Engineering Ltd.
EFCC operatives

Adoke who has consistently claimed that he is being persecuted, has declined to appear in Nigeria to face trial. Last year, the EFCC said it had begun moves to extradite him.

The Malabu scandal involved the transfer of about $1.1 billion by Shell and ENI through the Nigerian government to accounts controlled by the former Nigerian petroleum minister, Dan Etete.

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From accounts controlled by Etete, about half the money ($520 million) went to accounts of companies controlled by Aliyu, popularly known in Nigeria as the owner of AA oil.

Last month, Aliyu appeared as a witness before the court in Italy. Aliyu’s trial in Nigeria is said to have been  stalled because Nigeria’s anti-graft agency said he and other principal suspects have been on the run.

Anti-corruption investigators and activists suspect he fronted for top officials of the Goodluck Jonathan administration as well of officials of Shell and ENI.

The transaction was authorised in 2011 by the then President Jonathan through some of his cabinet ministers and the money was payment for OPL 245, one of Nigeria’s richest oil blocks.