Nigeria’s government has lost a bid to postpone a massive claim against oil giants, Eni and Shell, in a London court.
Royal Dutch Shell and Eni’s bid to block a 1.1 billion dollars civil claim over corruption allegations in Nigeria will go ahead next month, Mark Pelling, a judge in a London court ruled.
The court ruled that it should not wait for a connected Italian ruling.
Nigeria wanted the April court date postponed until January 2021, when a connected criminal case in Milan will have concluded.
The oil companies and former and current executives face corruption charges linked to the Malabu scandal, a 2011 deal involving a Nigerian oil block known as OPL 245.
Officials affected in the scandal have denied wrongdoing.
The controversial Malabu deal was struck in 2011 under former President Goodluck Jonathan. The arrangement saw the Nigerian government stand as a negotiator in the controversial sale of the oil block in offshore Nigerian waters.