5 February 2021
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said that the managing director of ExxonMobil Nigeria, Richard Laing, rebuffed three invitations to appear before investigators.
EFCC applied for a warrant to a federal court in Abuja to arrest him and to compel him to appear before anti-graft investigators. EFCC said this in a statement.
EFCC said that it has not charged Exxon or others with wrongdoing, and its investigation is ongoing. EFCC spokesman said that the investigation is into the company, and not Laing personally. The EFCC said the investigation related to the alleged fraudulent creation of procurement orders worth more than $213m as part of a pipelines project.
Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) was the contracting company. Suffolk Petroleum Services was the main contractor. A dispute arose between these two parties, leading to protracted legal disputes.
Source: Evergy Voice and Reuters