Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ojobo Atuluku   Photo: PremiumTimes

By Victor Ernest with agency report

Human rights group, ActionAid Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government to resolve the controversies surrounding the transactions related to the oil prospecting licence (OPL) 245.

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The Country Director of the organisation, Ojobo Atuluku, in a statement, said it was unacceptable that much of the proactive actions taken to unearth what went wrong have come from outside Nigeria.

Shell/Malabu scandal

Oil giants, Shell and Eni, were said to have paid 1.3 billion dollars for oil block OPL 245. The licence is said to hold around nine billion barrels of oil.

The money was allegedly discovered to be diverted to Malabu Oil and Gas, which was incorporated by a former Petroleum Minister, Dan Ete.

Shell and Eni, however, continue to claim that they only paid the money to the Federal Government and did not make any arrangement with any third party.

Shell, Eni, and several Eni senior executives, including the current CEO, Claudio Descalzi, are scheduled to face a preliminary court hearing in Italy on 20 April, 2017.