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Malabu Oil asks court to set aside agreements FG, Shell, Agip others over OPL245

From: Godwin Tsa, Abuja

Malabu Oil and Gas, yesterday, approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside all other subsequent purported agreements made between Federal Government of Nigeria, Shell Nigeria Ultra-Deep Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (fifth defendant), Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited (sixth defendant) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in respect of OPL 245.

In a fresh suit filed, yesterday, the plaintiffs; Malabu oil, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Ahmed and Pecos Energy Limited further asked for an order setting aside the letter dated May 11, 2011, with reference no: HMPR/07/01, addressed to the Managing Director of the sixth defendant, titled RE:OPL245 Resolution Agreement/Letter of Award and signed by the then Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison Madueke, to grant approval for the said award of OPL 245, jointly, to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (fifth defendant), Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited (sixth defendant).

They are further seeking a declaration that the first plaintiff is the holder and continues to hold all the titles, rights and interests in OPL 245.”

The suit marked FHC/Abj/ CS/506/2017 listed the defendants as Mr Kweku Amafegha, Munamuna Seidougha, Amaran Joseph, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Shell, Agip, Federal Government of Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation, Petroleum Minister and Department of Petrol Resources.

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