19 May 2017

Nigeria: OPL245 - Govt Asks Court to Ignore Abacha's Ownership Claim

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Dan Etete, former Petroleum Minister involved in Malabu oil scandal.

Abuja — The Federal Government has asked the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to ignore Mohammed Abacha's claim of ownership to disputed Oil Prospecting License, OPL, 245, which is regarded as one of the richest oil blocs in Africa.

The government, via a court process filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and sighted by Vanguard, is asking the court to dismiss or strike out Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/201/2017, wherein Abacha is claiming ownership of Malabu Oil & Gas Limited.

Those government equally urged the court to ignore their joint claim with Mohammed Abacha were Oyewole Fashawe and Pecos Energy Limited, saying their claims of membership/ownership of Malabu Oil & Gas Limited "is not yet ascertained and same is still the subject of adjudication in suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/206/2017, between Malabu Oil & Gas Limited & 2 Ors V. Mr. Kweku Amafagha & 9 Ors, which is pending before this honourable court."

In a six-paragraph affidavit that was deposed, Friday Atuh, a litigation officer in the office of the AGF, Federal Government told the court that the outcome of all the pending suits would determine the existence of any legal rights in favour of Abacha, Fashawe, Amafagha, Munamuna Seidougha, Dan Etete or any other person or entity laying claim to having any interest in OPL 245.

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