- An appeal asking a Canadian court to set aside an earlier judgement grounding a private jet belonging to Dan Etete has been dismissed
- Judge Robert Mainville ruled that the seizure of the aircraft was at the request of the Nigerian government
- Recall that a judge in Canada approved the seizure and grounding of a luxury private jet purchased by the former Nigerian petroleum minister
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A report by TVC News indicates that a Canadian court on Thursday, September 3, dismissed an application seeking to appeal the confirmed judgment that grounded the luxury private jet purchased by Nigeria's former petroleum minister, Dan Etete.
It was reported that a Canadian judge, Robert Mainville, dismissed the suit which was filed by Tibit Limited, an anonymously owned company claiming ownership of the jet.
As petroleum minister under late Nigerian dictator, Sani Abacha, Etete was alleged to have purchased the jet with proceeds of the controversial $1.3 billion Malabu OPL245 oil deal which he was indicted for.
The judge went on to note that the judgement on seizure of the aircraft was authorised at the request of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the grounds that its true owner is the former minister of petroleum.
The Canadian court also noted that Etete is alleged to have transferred valuable petroleum assets for his personal benefit in a series of fraudulent and corrupt transactions carried out in breach of his duties as a minister.
Recall that a judge in Canada approved the seizure and grounding of a luxury private jet purchased by Etete.
Judge Martin Castonguay ruled that the plane, which landed in Montreal on May 29, must remain there.
He also agreed with the claims put forward by the attorney to the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the seizure and grounding of the plane.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government tracked down and grounded the private jet purchased by Etete.
Asset recovery lawyers acting for the Nigerian government swooped in after the Bombardier 6000 jet, tail number M-MYNA, touched down at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport in Canada on Friday, May 29.
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.
In a related development, the federal government of Nigeria’s $1 billion suit against oil giants Shell and Eni over the controversial Malabu deal cannot go ahead in England.
This was the verdict of a London judge on Friday, May 22. According to Law360.com, Judge Christopher Butcher said the court does not have jurisdiction to hear the claim.
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