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On Monday, an Italian judge ‘affirmed’ that Eni and Royal Dutch Shell knew the fact that their purchase of the Malibu oilfields in 2011, which caused a lot of controversies would result to corrupt payment to Nigerian officials. Guisy Barbara – the judge, also ‘berated’ Nigerian politicians and officials who were involved in the deal.

This happened while the judge in Milan was stating her reasons for the September convictions of Emeka Obi (a Nigerian) and Gianluca Di Nando (an Italian), both of whom were middlemen in the deal. The judge stated that “the management of the oil companies Eni and Shell… were fully aware of the fact that part of the $1.092 billion paid would have been used to compensate Nigerian public officials who had a role in this matter and who were circling their prey their hungry sharks.”

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