Abubakar Malami, attorney general of the federation, says that the administration led by Muhammadu Buhari had once considered negotiating with Process and Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID), despite doubts about the authenticity of the contract.
On Sunday, when he addressed reporters from Abuja, Malami said the case should have been appealed by lawyers hired by the immediate government of Goodluck Jonathan, but they did not.
The attorney general said that the administration headed by Buhari could not do much since an award was set up from the beginning of the administration.
A British court had granted a $ 9.6 billion sentence against Nigeria for claims that the country would not comply with its share of the 20-year gas supply and treatment agreement.
Malami explained that the deadline for the government’s appeal had expired when the Buhari government emerged.
“Even if, indeed, any case was struck out, it was out at a time when lawyers engaged by the previous administration were in charge,” he said.
He reiterated that the contract is being probed and investigation will be conducted on all those involved in drafting and signing of the agreement, as well as “other personalities of interest.”
However, the checks by Latest Nigeria News showed that the arbitral tribunal issued an assignment of responsibility in favor of P&ID in July 2015; two months later Muhammadu Buhari assumed the office of president.
The quantum hearing, in which the amount to be paid was considered, did not take place until August 2016.
On January 31, 2017, the final prize of $ 6.6 billion was issued with cumulative interest, and it was reported that the Nigerian government received letters in February to inform them of the award.
Here you can find a program of the judicial process published by a blog called P&ID Facts.