Executives of oil giants Royal Dutch Shell and Eni, will face trial in Italy over the $1.1 billion Malabu affair. The trial is expected to commence in March next year. Among the executives to be tried are Eni Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Claudio Descalzi. Italian prosecutors in February this year, had recommended that Descalzi face trial. The move is the latest in a set of twists and turns over the trial that has run concurrently in Italy and Nigeria.

What is Malabu about ?

Shell bought the OPL 245 oil block  for $1.3 billion dollars in 2011  supposedly from the Federal government. Ultimately the money found its way to Dan Etete.  Malabu owned by former petroleum minister Dan Etete acquired the block from the federal government in 1998 for $20 million dollars. He was also petroleum minister at the time. Several top ranking civil servants and politicians were alleged to have collected bribes. This led the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) going to court, which lead to the interim forfeiture order. About $80 million of the funds have been recovered by the Federal Government.

Eni (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi) was founded on February 10, 1953 and is one of the global supermajors in the oil sector. Italian government owns a 30.303% golden share in the company, 3.934% held through the state Treasury and 26.369% held through  the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. Another 2.012% of the shares is held by the People’s Bank of China. Eni’s subsidiaries include oil exploration company Agip, Saipem, Tecnomare and Versalis. The company is listed on the Italian, UK and New York stock exchanges.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, commonly known as Shell, is a British–Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in the Netherlands and incorporated in the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1907 in London.

Shell is active in every area of the oil and gas

industry. including exploration and production, refining, transport, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading. It also has renewable energy activities. Shell is one of the largest companies by market capitalization on the London Stock Exchange

Onome Ohwovoriole has a degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and prior to joining Nairametrics in December 2016 as Lead Analyst had stints in Publishing, Automobile Services, Entertainment and Leadership Training. He covers companies in the Nigerian corporate space, especially those listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He also has a keen interest in new frontiers like Cryptocurrencies and Fintech. In his spare time, he loves to read books on finance, fiction as well as keep up with happenings in the world of international diplomacy. You can contact him via onome.ohwovoriole@nairametrics.com

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