Nigeria: Death, disease and disappearance complicate P&ID trial

By Olivier Holmey, in London

Posted on Friday, 3 March 2023 14:20
General view of the Royal Courts of Justice REUTERS/Toby Melville - RC29OH9Z9IRN

London’s High Court is lacking central testimonies in the $11bn corruption case opposing the Federal Republic of Nigeria to an offshore company because many witnesses are either unable or unwilling to give evidence.

Of the key protagonists in the corruption scandal, three have died, two have fallen ill, and a further three have declined to speak out, the English court was told. The ongoing trial is to decide whether the Nigerian state must comply with a record-breaking arbitration award to the company Process & Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) for breach of a gas-processing contract.