The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed fresh corruption charges against two multinational oil firms, Shell and Eni, for their roles in the Malabu $1.1bn scandal.
The charges were filed at the FCT High Court on Thursday afternoon against the oil majors and nine other individuals and firms.
Some of the others charged alongside Shell and Eni are two former Nigerian Ministers, Mohammed Adoke, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime and Dan Etete who was a Petroleum Minister in the late General Sani Abacha’s government, as well as controversial businessman, Aliyu Abubakar.
The suspects are accused of, among others, conspiring to defraud the Nigerian government.
The new charges are part of an international collaboration to ensure all those who partook in the $1.1 billion OPL 245 scandal are brought to justice.
The OPL 245 oil block is currently owned by the Nigerian government after a temporary court order granted an EFCC application.
Shell and Eni have since appealed the order asking that the block be returned to them. Both firms paid the $1.1 billion into a Nigerian government account in 2011. Most of the money later ended up in the pockets powerful Nigerians.