EFCC drags Etete, Adoke to court over Malabu $1.1b oil deal


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed fraud charges against Nigeria’s former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke; a former Petroleum Minister, Dan Etete; and a controversial businessman, Abubakar Aliyu, and others for their roles in the $1.1 billion ‎Malabu shady deal.

The 9-count charge was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday, sources at the EFCC said.

Adoke and former Finance Minister, Yerima Ngama, approved the transfer of about $1.1 billion into Nigerian accounts controlled by Dan Etete.

The money was paid by oil giants, Shell and ENI, ‎into a federal government account, for OPL 245, considered the richest oil bloc in Africa.

After the transfer to Dan Etete, over half of the money was paid into the accounts of shady companies controlled by Abubakar Aliyu.

Although Mohammed Adoke has repeatedly claimed he did no wrong, investigations by authorities in Nigeria, UK, and Italy have found him culpable in the scandal.  

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