Nigeria’s Oil Field Scandal: Italy Asks For Eni CEO, Others For Trial

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Yemisi Izuora

Italian prosecutors have asked for the chief executive officer, CEO, of oil and gas group Eni Claudio Descalzi to be sent to trial over alleged corruption in Nigeria, judicial sources said today.

The prosecutors also asked for ten other people to be sent to trail in the case, the sources said.

The case revolves around a 2011 purchase of Nigeria’s OPL-245 offshore oil block, for about $1.3 billion, by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell.

But the company reaffirms it acted correctly in oilfield acquisition in Nigeria

The company claims it has not been notified of any decision on Nigeria after reports that prosecutors have asked for the CEO and the company to be sent to trial for alleged corruption in a case revolving around the acquisition of an oilfield, but insisted it acted correctly in the OPL 245 oilfield acquisition.

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