Nigeria’s anti-graft agency filed new charges against Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Eni SpA, alleging the companies “corruptly” paid $801 million in 2011 when acquiring an offshore oil field.
They gave that sum to former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete, his Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd. and others in relation to the purchase of Oil Prospecting License 245 and “thereby committed an offence,” according to Federal High Court documents in Abuja.
“Eni reaffirms the correctness of its conduct within the acquisition of the license,” Eni said in an emailed statement on Friday (March 3 2017).
Shell didn’t immediately respond to a request seeking comment.
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