Malabu oil scandal: oil minister wanted in Italy

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– Dan Etete, a former oil minister may be repatriated to Italy for trial in the infamous Malabu oil scandal

– Italian prosecutors filed charges against Etete and 11 others in a Milan court last week even as EFCC filed seven-count charges against him at a federal high court in Abuja

Italian authorities want to try Dan Etete in court over Malabu oil scandal.

Authorities in Italy have indicated that they are interested in trying a former minister of petroleum Dan Etete and 12 other Nigerians in the European country over the infamous Malabu oil scandal.

Premium Times reports that Italian prosecutors filed a notice in a Milan court to press charges against Etete last week.

The development comes just as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) hit Etete with a seven-count charge of money laundering and fraud on Tuesday, December 20 at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Also to be tried in Italy is another Nigerian identified as Chukwuemeka Obi whose firm EVP had laid claim to about $110 million of the $1.1 billion paid by Shell and Eni for OPL 245, which is considered Nigeria’s richest oil block.

Premium Times reports that the money is currently trapped in Switzerland where it has been frozen by a court.

Others to be tried by Italian authorities include: DescaJzi Claudio, the CEO of Eni; his predecessor, Paolo Scaroni; Roberto Casula, Armanna Vincenzo, Antonio Pagano, Ednan Agaev, Luigi Bisignani and Falcioni Gianfranco.

Meanwhile, former justice minister Mohammed Bello Adoke has revealed that he was following directives from former president Goodluck Jonathan in the infamous Malabu oil deal and denied allegations of corruption.

His submission follows the charges of corruption filed against him by the EFCC.

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