Court to rule on OPL 245 forfeiture on 13 March


The Federal High Court, Abuja, has reserved ruling till March 13, on two separate applications filed by Shell Nigeria Exploration Ltd, and Nigeria Agip Exploration Ltd, seeking reversal of the Malabu oil block  forfeiture order, Leadership reports.

The court granted an order of forfeiture,to the EFCC in respect of the Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245. The two companies want the court to set aside the order it made on Jan. 26, on the grounds that the EFCC Chairman, in the ex- parte motion, was not the proper person to make such an application.

Counsel to Shell, Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi (SAN), told the court that the EFCC chairman was wrong in law to have brought the ex-parte motion that led to the order of forfeiture in his capacity as chairman. He added that the order that was made was supposedly to preserve property or assets. He, however, said that there was nothing to show that the property in question could be destroyed or moved.