NewsExpress advert Yudala banner
Malabu Oil: Court strikes out EFCC from suit

By News Express on 14/02/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 198

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Tuesday granted a preliminary objection made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking to be removed from a suit filed by Malabu Oil and Gas challenging re-allocation of Oil Prospecting License, OPL 245.

Malabu Oil and Gas had in March 2017 filed the suit against the Federal Government and six others, including the EFCC, a few days after a Federal High Court vacated an interim order of forfeiture on the Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245.

Other defendants in the suit are Minister of Petroleum Resources, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd., Nigerian Agip Exploration Company Ltd., EFCC and Dan Etete.

Malabu Oil and Gas had through its counsel, J.A. Achimugu, in a writ of summons marked FHC/ABJ/CS/201/2017, prayed the court for “a declaration that its rights and interest in OPL 245 granted or re-allocated to it is still valid and subsisting”.

It also sought for “a declaration that not being a party to the April 29, 2011, Block 245 resolution agreement, it was not bound by the terms of the said agreement as it relates to or concerns OPL 245”.

The oil company also sought the court to make an order “compelling government and the ministry to restore to it, its right to the exclusive possession of OPL 245”.

In addition, Malabu urged the court to make an order of perpetual injunction restraining government and associates, particularly, the sixth defendant (the EFCC), from treating and/or dealing with OPL 245 as a proceed of an offence and from interfering in any manner whatsoever and howsoever with its exclusive right to explore and prospect for petroleum in the area of OPL 245.

At the hearing of the case yesterday, counsel to the EFCC, Johnson Ojogbane, made a preliminary objection, seeking the court to strike out the Commission from the suit.

“We filed a preliminary objection, dated May 18, 2017 and filed on the same day. It is supported by a 9 paragraph affidavit and we rely on each of the paragraph of the affidavit and we move in terms,” Ojogbane prayed.

The plaintiff did not raise any objections.

In view of this, Justice Tsoho granted the prayer, thereby striking out EFCC from the suit.

“The sixth defendant’s preliminary objection dated and filed on 18th May 2017 is granted. The sixth defendant is hereby struck out from the suit,” Justice Tsoho ruled.

Source News Express

Posted 14/02/2018 12:24:06 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+



Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!


You may also like...
Corruption: Ex-ASUU President seeks arrest of Obasanjo, IBB,...

Bayelsa residents flee as gas leak pollutes communities...

US Congress, Nigerian-American Leadership Council brainstorm on Boko...

Oil price nosedives again as OPEC fails to...

Catholic Bishops decry unjust killings in Kaduna, other...

Victor Umeh’s era as APGA National Chairman is...

Suicide bomber kills 7 near Nigeria’s border

Okowa calls for community sensitisation on power distribution,...

Uber’s revenue hits $6.5bn

Navy uncovers illegal oil bunkering site on Rivers...

Ebola: Why we quarantined Nigerian troops in Liberia...

Ogun suspends non-sporting activities at MKO Abiola Stadium...


Latest News China’s ruling party plots constitution change, 3rd term for Presidency Xi Jinping Corruption index: Nigeria’s poor ranking a wake-up call for Buhari administration — SERAP Boko Haram attacks Madagali (Adamawa) 35 times in 10 months •Kills 27, destroys over 100 houses Muslim scholars urge ‘uprising’ over US’ Jerusalem embassy move 297,000 vulnerable households get FG’s stipends in 20 states Army postpones 77 Regular Recruitment — Spokesman Jesus’s burial site shut in protest Church with 100 sex slaves busted in South Africa My wife cries daily: Robert Mugabe Speeding vehicle kills 9 schoolchildren Peace Mass Transit Chairman constructs N400m roads in Enugu Star athlete arrested for stealing car at Winter Olympics


Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (327,087 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (319,265 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (255,784 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (209,849 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (195,224 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (188,388 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (164,063 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (147,390 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (140,807 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (130,132 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (128,825 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (123,604 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business (2,912) Business Verdict (34) Columnists (806) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (203) Entertainment (447) Features (549) Global Business Monitor (226) International (1,809) Interviews (143) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (106) News (33,116) Opinion (885) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,524) Religion (687) Sports (1,442) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update



Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test


APO Group Partner



Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera