- The Nigerian government has tracked down and grounded a private jet purchased by former petroleum minister, Dan Etete
- The Bombardier 6000 jet with tail number M-MYNA, was seized at the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport in Canada
- A judge in Canada is understood to have granted a seizure order for the aircraft
A report by Premium Times indicates that the federal government has tracked down and grounded a private jet purchased by former petroleum minister, Dan Etete.
Etete was indicted in the controversial $1.3 billion Malabu OPL245 oil deal.
According to the report, asset recovery lawyers acting for the Nigerian government swooped last week after the Bombardier 6000 jet, tail number M-MYNA, touched down at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport in Canada on Friday, May 29.
A judge in Canada is understood to have granted a seizure order for the aircraft.
As petroleum minister under late Nigerian dictator, Sani Abacha, Etete was said to have awarded the prospecting rights to the huge OPL 245 block to a company he secretly controlled, Malabu Oil and Gas.
After Abacha’s death in 1998, Etete was said to have retained the rights as a private citizen until he offloaded them to oil giants Shell and Eni in 2011, who paid a combined $1.3 billion to the federal government.
The entire Malabu OPL245 deal is now subject to a corruption trial in Italy.
The former minister has since dismissed the allegations as “political propaganda.”
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Meanwhile, Diezani Alison-Madueke, another former petroleum minister wanted by authorities in the country, has been appointed as a commissioner for trade and investment for the Commonwealth of Dominica by the country's prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
The appointment does not, however, attract a remunerative package, according to the prime minister's letter who also confirmed the former minister's Dominica's citizenship.
Alison-Madueke is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with an alleged N23.29 billion poll bribery scam.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported that the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, urged Nigerians in the diaspora to pressure the UK government to release Diezani for trial in Nigeria.
Magu during a virtual town hall meeting with Nigerians in the diaspora, on Saturday, May 24, urged them to collaborate with the EFCC and pressure the authorities into bringing Diezani to face trial.
He asked Nigerians in the diaspora to assist in the fight against corruption, by exposing foreign assets of Nigerian politicians through the government’s whistleblowing policy.
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