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Former President Jonathan and Alison-Madueke Accused of Bribery

Monday, May 13, 2019

In a court filing to a London court the Nigerian government accused former President Goodluck Jonathan and his then oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, of accepting bribes and breaking the country’s laws to broker a $1.3 billion oil deal eight years ago.

The court filing regarding the deal revolves around OPL 245, in which ENI and Shell, jointly acquired the rights to. The deal has spawned legal cases spanning several countries.

In papers advancing a London commercial court suit against Shell and ENI, lawyers for the Nigerian government said Jonathan and Alison-Madueke conspired to “receive bribes and make a secret profit”, keeping the government from getting what it was owed from the deal according to a Reuters report.

“Bribes were paid,” the filing, reviewed by Reuters, states. It says, “the receipt of those bribes and the participation in the scheme of said officials was in breach of their fiduciary duties and Nigerian criminal law.”