The payment of the Nigerian Government to Malabu was authorised in advance by the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), which was consulted in accordance with the rules of JP Morgan, where the escrow account was opened. At the time, the SOCA was chaired by the future British Prime Minister, Theresa May.
The payment of the Nigerian Government to Malabu was part of a settlement agreement between the parties (the Block 245 Malabu Resolution Agreement), entered into in full compliance with the Nigerian legislation governing the sector (particularly the Petroleum Act) and in accordance with the international best practices on the subject.
Finally, both attempts to send payments to Malabu using a Swiss account and a Lebanese account were not made by Eni, but by the Nigerian government.
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