|Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New|
Stats: 2,716,601 members, 6,422,066 topics. Date: Thursday, 05 August 2021 at 02:58 AM
|SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by AkinPhysicist: 7:42pm On Apr 10, 2017|
Royal Dutch Shell and Italian oil major Eni bribed a known money launderer in Nigeria to secure a $1.1 billion joint exploration deal off the country’s coast in 2011, newly published documents reveal.
Emails released by the watchdog groups Global Witness and Finance Uncovered show that top executives at Shell and Eni knew the money they paid for oil block OPL 245 would go to former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete. Etete, a convicted money launderer, then likely dispersed the payments to other government officials, including former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
“This is one of the worst corruption scandals the oil industry has ever seen,” said Simon Taylor, co-founder of Global Witness, in a statement. “Today’s new evidence shows senior executives at the world’s fifth-biggest company knowingly entered into a corrupt deal that deprived the Nigerian people of $1.1 billion.”
“To put that in context, the payment for this deal is worth more than Nigeria’s entire health budget for 2016,” Taylor added.
The emails, seen by The Huffington Post, show Shell representatives negotiating a price with Etete for the offshore oil field.
“Etete can smell the money,” Guy Colegate, a former MI6 agent who helped negotiate the deal, wrote in an email dated March 9, 2010. “If, at 70 years old, he does turn his nose up at 1.2 bill he is completely certifiable and we should then probably just hold out until nature takes its course with him.”
Shell’s then-CEO, Peter Voser, received that email after it was forwarded to him, the documents show.
Shell and Eni denied any wrongdoing.
“Neither Eni nor Shell paid any monies other than as contemplated and recorded by the Block Resolution Agreement and did not pay to [Etete’s Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd.], to Chief Dan Etete or to any public officer,” an Eni spokesman said in a statement to Reuters.
In a separate statement, Shell said, “it is Shell’s position that none of those payments were made with its knowledge, authorization or on its behalf.”
The two watchdog groups’ investigation coincided with similar findings that BuzzFeed News and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore released on Sunday. Those reports said the amount of money involved in the bribery scheme was slightly higher, at $1.3 billion.
The findings come one month after U.S. President Donald Trump moved to repeal rules forcing oil companies to disclose payments to foreign governments to secure oil or mining deals.
The repeal of the so-called Cardin-Lugar rule ― created under the Dodd-Frank Act as part of the sweeping financial reforms enacted to prevent another Great Recession ― was the first bill Trump signed into law. Oil companies and interest groups claimed the regulation made U.S. oil majors, such as Exxon Mobil Corp., less competitive with foreign rivals.
Corruption is well-documented in the global oil industry. Last year, HuffPost and Australia’s Fairfax Media published a monthslong investigation into Unaoil, a secretive Monaco-based firm registered in the British Virgin Islands.
The company and its subcontractors paid out boatloads of money to foreign officials to win contracts, according to tens of thousands of internal documents leaked to HuffPost and Fairfax. The investigation dubbed Unaoil “the company that bribed the world.”
It’s now clear, however, that Unaoil wasn’t the only one.
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by ephi123(f): 9:58am On Apr 11, 2017|
I hope this gets to Frontpage, let Nigerians see how their money is being siphoned by individuals. Dan Etete, one single human being, paid $1.2 = N 366,720,000,000. Equivalent 366 billion naira
1 Like 1 Share
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by Nobody: 1:47pm On Apr 11, 2017|
Na wa , na real wa
1 Like 1 Share
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by AkinPhysicist: 4:49pm On Apr 11, 2017|
But you know our country people will never reason. They will rather pre-occupy themselves with BBN than something very important like this.
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by ephi123(f): 4:56pm On Apr 11, 2017|
It's very unfortunate, the country has been looted over and over again, still being looted as we speak.
Nigerians has better smell the coffee otherwise one day they will wake up and they'll be nothing left.
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by AkinPhysicist: 6:03pm On Apr 11, 2017|
It seems to me that it will be very difficult for the average Nigerian to wake the hell up without a major change in mentality. The mentality of the average Nigerian is that somehow 'God' will spare him or her (for example the 'my case is different' mantra). With this manner of thinking, Nigerians generally do not see the need to stand up and fight their oppressors. Hopefully, more and more Nigerians will begin to see the light of reason.
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by AkinPhysicist: 6:41pm On Apr 11, 2017|
No be small sumchin walahi
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by goonsmi: 6:53pm On Apr 11, 2017|
They should just send 0.50% of that sum to me abeg.
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by ephi123(f): 7:00pm On Apr 11, 2017|
You have said it all. The Nigerian church is not helping either because they promote the same mentality of "my family and I shall be exempted from xyz" which is basically a very selfish way of thinking because then people don't care about the rot in the system as they believe they will somehow be excluded from whatever its consequences will be. That is why we are where we are today.
2 Likes 1 Share
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by AkinPhysicist: 9:24pm On Apr 11, 2017|
I could not have put it better myself. You really code. Many of our fellow citizens are still unable to open their eyes and see the real damage done by this kind of thinking.
|Re: SHELL PETROLEUM BRIBED Dan Etete With $1.1 Billion by ephi123(f): 9:43pm On Apr 11, 2017|
Unfortunately, that way of thinking is getting more and more engrained, particularly as things get tougher, it's basically everyman for himself. The unique cases of Efe, Olajumoke etc also reinforce it.
Why We Moved Against Fulani Herdsmen-jigawa Deputy Gov / Photos Of Victor Moses Having Fun Wit David Luiz,Willian & Pedro At A Nike Store / Breaking: Police Seal Off Anambra PDP Secretariat On Order From Above
|Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health |
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket
Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2021 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 70