A Lagos High court has dismissed federal government claims that subsidiaries of Eni and Petrobras illegally exported crude oil to the United States, but barrister Ituah Imhanze, a lawyer representing the federal government said an appeal would be launched. In a lawsuit filed in 2016, Nigeria alleged that a number of companies exported a total of 57 million barrels of crude oil to the United States between 2011 and 2014. It said they failed to declare all of this to Nigeria’s government as required by law.
The judge said the government had failed to provide enough evidence to support its suit against the local Agip unit of Italy’s Eni and the Brasoil unit of Brazil’s state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA, better known as Petrobras. “The court did not agree with our position,” said Ituah Imhanze, after the court judgement. He said the government would file an appeal by the end of Thursday. Representatives of Eni and Petrobras did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.