Shasore, Collected $2m From P&ID To Frustrate Nigeria’s Defence In London Court

Former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Mr Olasupo Shasore, obtained $2m from Process & Industrial Development Ltd, a British Virgin Island engineering firm, to frustrate a case against Nigeria at a court in London, United Kingdom.

P&ID Ltd had won $9.6bn arbitration against the Nigerian Government over a 2010 gas supply deal that went sour. 

The court in London had ordered Nigeria to forfeit assets totaling $9.6bn as compensation for the engineering firm if the country was unable to prove its case.

Disclosed that, during the course of the EFCC’s investigations, Shasore was paid  $2m  for his involvement in the first and second stages of the arbitration.  

To achieve this target, he concealed his involvement in the case from his own firm,  Ajumogobia  & Okeke but conducted the proceedings covertly through a  separate firm,  Twenty  Marina,  which had no background in litigation and was used to provide secretarial services.

Shasore, it was discovered,  made payments of  $100,000  each to  Mrs  Adelore and  Mr  Oguine,  who were senior lawyers for the  Ministry of Petroleum Resources and  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation at the time.  

The payments were said to have been made in a bid to purchase the silence of Adelore and Oguine in relation to Shasore’s conduct of the arbitration. Sources said

 “Based on these payments,  Mr  Shasore was clearly dishonest and corruptible.

“Following the election of  President  Muhammadu Buhari into the office and the transfer of the conduct of the arbitration to the  Ministry of Justice for the liability phase,  Shasore has refused to meet with the  Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and complained that it was 

“unacceptable and unconscionable to liaise with the AGF’s office on the matter as he had always liaised with the  Ministry of Petroleum Resources since the commencement of the proceedings. 

“He chose not to seek any disclosure,  to accept all material aspects of  Mr  Quinn’s witness evidence and did not seek to cross-examine anyone at  P&ID on the key issue in the case:  whether  P&ID  could and would have performed the  GSPA.  

“Inlight  of  the  indicators  of  fraud  listed  above,  the  most  likely  explanation  for  this  is that  Mr.Shasore  had  entered  into  a  dishonest  arrangement  with  P&ID  not  to  challenge  its  evidence or  seek  any  disclosure  with  the  inevitable  result  that  Nigeria lost  the  case.”

In August 2019, the UK court declared that P&ID could take over assets from Nigeria totaling $9.6bn for the country’s breach of the deal between them.

The Nigerian Government have been adopting various strategies to have the ruling overturned including approaching the United States Government for bank .

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