The Federal High Court, Lagos has fixed May 18 to hear plaintiffs’ application in the Malabu Oil case between the Nigerian government and some oil companies.
The application was made ex-parte by plaintiff for leave of court to serve writ of summons and other processes on the 3rd defendant at 21/22 Marina Lagos.
The plaintiffs also sought date for motion for application for interlocutory reliefs.
On March 17, Justice John Tsoho had set aside EFCC chairman’s application in the case and directed parties in the case who had an issue with the Malabu deal (OPL 245), to file fresh cases to ventilate their grievances.
Ruling on an application filed by the EFCC, Justice Tsoho, upheld the application filed by Nigerian Agip Oil Exploration and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited, challenging the order of forfeiture.
He held that the orders for forfeiture were initially made based on the ex-parte application filed by the EFCC which was irregularly filed.
The judge also dismissed an application filed by Malabu Oil and Gas Limited seeking to, among others, stay the earlier reserved ruling on the applications by Agip and Shell.