Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan, ex Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke and other government officials received a $466m bribe from ENI and Royal Dutch Shell officials in the Malabu oil scandal, according to Italian prosecutors.
A report by AFP claims that Jonathan and Diezani were prominent figures in the deal, which saw ENI and Shell make a $1.3 billion payment in 2011 for an offshore oil block in Nigeria.
Court documents filed December 2016 in Milan outlines a case against 11 people, including senior executives from Eni and Shell as well as the companies themselves.
Claudio Descalzi, ENI chief executive and his predecessor Paolo Scaroni, were said to have met with Jonathan to thrash out the deal “in person”.
The prosecutors allege that ENI and Shell executives worked with Dan Etete, the oil minister during the military administration of Sani Abacha.