OPL 245: Adoke Petitions IGP Over Alleged Forgery


A former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over alleged forgery in relation to a case of the Oil Prospecting Licence 245 resolution agreement.

The petition dated February 5, 2021 and titled, ‘Forgery case of documents for purposes of unlawful interference with the course of justice,’ was signed by Kanu Agabi (SAN) for Kanu G. Agabi and Associates.

The petition was received at the IGP’s office on February 10, 2021.

The controversial OPL 245 deal involved the alleged payment of $1.3bn by Royal Dutch Shell and Eni for an oil block owned by Malabu Oil and Gas in 2011.

Malian prosecutors had alleged that about $1.1bn of the sum was given as bribe to politicians and intermediaries.

Agabi said Adoke instructed his firm to present the complaint involving various acts of forgeries of documents intended for interference with the process of justice and law by “some persons unknown but who with a little diligence you can discover.”

He said he had reasons to believe that the persons or organisations behind responsible for the forgeries were the ones that authored a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, demanding the investigation of the OPL 245 resolution agreement.

Based on the petition, he said an investigation was conducted by the commission, culminating in recent prosecution of parties to the deal.

He noted that in December 2016, the Office of the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Milan filed a notice of conclusion of the investigation and commenced criminal proceedings against parties connected with the OPL 245 resolution agreement.

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In the course of the criminal trial before the Court of Milan, Agabi noted that several allegations of fact which are unsubstantiated have been made against Adoke.

He wrote, “It has emerged that the parties responsible for the petition, investigations and commencement of the criminal trial at the court of Milan against the individuals/entities connected with the OPL 245 settlement agreement, resorted to forgery of an email dated June 21, 2011, which was submitted to the court as material evidence alleging that the email was authored by our client to unlawfully interfere with the course of justice/law or subverting the wheel of justice at the ongoing OPL. 245 settlement agreement criminal trial pending at the Court of Milan, and by extension, the criminal proceedings pending in Nigeria.”



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