Italy: Nigeria oilfield sale to Eni, Shell was legally ‘perfect’, says ex-oil minister lawyer

The sale of a Nigerian oilfield to Eni and Royal Dutch Shell was legally “perfect” and there was no proof of any corruption, a lawyer for former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete said on Wednesday.

Antonio Secci told a Milan court that prosecutors in the case had been unable to show exactly what role Etete was meant to have had in the alleged corruption of Nigerian public officials – if he had corrupted politicians or had simply been an intermediary between the two majors and the Abuja government.

Eni and Shell acquired the offshore OLP 245 field in 2011 for about $1.3 billion from Malabu, a company owned by the former Nigerian oil minister.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

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