A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed a lawsuit alleging collusion with foreign companies and agencies, corruption and money laundering against Nigeria LNG, the managing director, Tony Attah, and three others.
The others include the general manager commercial, Ufuoma Otemowo, former general manager commercial and non-executive director, Patrick Olinma.
They noted that the court papers were initiated via a proxy company, Global Private Investigators Limited. This company was clearly acting on behalf of undisclosed principals as Global Private Investigators Limited has no contractual or other partnership relationship whatsoever with Nigeria LNG and its executive officers.
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The principals are most likely aggrieved contractors who have lost out on lucrative contracts or had had their contracts terminated by the board of Nigeria LNG.
The proxy company had instituted the law suit seeking amongst other reliefs an order of the Federal High Court stopping Nigeria LNG from entering into new contracts with reputable international oil and gas companies like Gunvor, Trafigura, Royal Dutch Shell, Vitol, TotalEnergies Trading/Totsa, Glencore, and Eni for lifting of LNG alleging that they are involved in criminal activities in the US and other countries.
The purported proxy petitioners equally Also an order of court awarding to them the sum of N5 billion against Nigeria LNG and its directors. They also wanted an order of court removing Mr. Patrick Olinma from the Board of Nigeria LNG.
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Sources say that Nigeria LNG and other defendants put up a vigorous defence through their lawyers which led to the Federal High Court dismissing the case. Nigeria LNG, Otemowo and Tony Attah were represented by Mr. Wale Akoni, SAN, whilst Patrick Olinma was represented by Mr. Babatune Fagbohunlu, SAN.
Mr. Patrick Olinma has since voluntarily resigned from the board of directors of Nigeria LNG Limited, effective 31st July, 2021
By Ken Okoye