The Nigerian government have been urged to continue with the prosecution of all officials who have been implicated in the corrupt OML 245 deal.
Making the call in a statement, the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA) and its global partners asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to continue with the prosecution in line with his anti-corruption fight.
Chairman of HEDA, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, while commending the Nigerian government for the fresh legal case instituted in a United Kingdom court said it “shows a clear admission that local officials were hands-deep in fraudulent deals running into billions of dollars.”
HEDA which said though it is pleased that the AGF has agreed with the EFCC that there are criminal elements in the case which is disadvantageous to the interest of Nigeria, urged the AGF to go further and back up his statement with practical actions.
According to Mr Suraju, the Malabu scandal is a huge opportunity for the Nigerian government to show to the international community that it is truly committed to its fight against corruption by ensuring all involved in the scandal are prosecuted and convicted if found guilty.
He said Nigeria cannot command global respect when the international community see us as dishonest.
Top Nigerian officials including former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Petroleum Ministers, Dan Etete and Diezeni Alison Madueke, as well as oil giants, Shell and ENI have been named in the scandal, which has been the subject of litigation in a Milan court.
Former president Jonathan, last week issued a statement denying wrongdoing, saying his government acted in the interest of the country regarding the sale of the oil block.