Malabu Oil: House Wants FG To Censure Shell, AGIP


BEVERLY HILLS, February 18, (THEWILL) - The House of Representatives Tuesday finally adopted the report of its ad hoc committee on Malabu Oil and Gas calling on the Federal Government to cancel Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL 245) belonging to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd.

In the recommendations adopted, the House said 'that the Federal Government should cancel OPL 245 recently granted to SNEPCO (50percent) and AGIP (50percent), as it was based on a highly flawed 'Resolution agreement' entered between Malabu Oil and Gas, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) and Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE) with the Federal Government acting as obligator.

' It advised that 'the resolution Agreement ceded away our national interest and further committed Nigeria to some unacceptable indemnities and liabilities while acting as obligator.

' The House also recommended 'that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation facilitates a new Resolution Agreement in line with the Petroleum Act and Indigenous Concession Programme of Government that guided the initial allocation of OPL245 to Malabu Oil and Gas.

'That AGIP Nigeria Agip Exploration Ltd (NAE) be formally censured or reprimanded by the House for its role in the Resolution Agreement, which lacked transparency and did not meet international best business practices.

'That Shell Nigeria Ultra Deeps (SNUD) be censured or reprimanded by the House for its lack of transparency and full disclosure in its bid to acquire OPL 245; that Nigeria Police should take over the ongoing investigation on the matter of forgery and alteration of documents indicating some directors of Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd who resigned their positions or transferred their appointments or shares without authorisation, and initiate prosecution of any person indicted 'That in line with global best practices, accountability and transparency, individuals and financial institutions linked with and found culpable by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of receiving and transferring money unlawfully with respect to or arising out of the Resolution Agreement, should be charged to an appropriate court of competent jurisdiction, and nay such monies unlawfully transferred should be recovered.

' The adoption was however not without hitches as some lawmakers attempted to scuttle the consideration, insisting that the committee went beyond its mandate in making its recommendations.

Simon Arabor (PDP, Kaduna) opposed the recommendations on the grounds that it would embarass the House because the committee constituted itself into an advocate of Malabu Oil.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon.
Emeka Ihedioha, who presided over the session however over-ruled him after a clarification from the Chairman, Public Petitions Committee, Hon.

Uzor Azubuike, and Chairman, Justice Committee, Hon.

Ali Ahmad.
Consequently, the nine recommendations were all approved.