Oil giant shell has been dragged into a corruption probe linked to a major offshore deal in Nigeria.
The company confirmed yesterday following revelations in the Italian media that the Anglo-Dutch group had been “visited” by anti-fraud investigators.
Italian daily Corriere Della Sera reported earlier that the Dutch investigators were working in collaboration with Italian prosecutors.
Both parties are investigating shell and Italian Energy Group Eni’s twenty eleven acquisition of joint exploitation rights to OPL 245.
The Anglo-Dutch group said that its offices had been “visited” by anti-fraud investigators. “We can confirm that representatives of the Dutch Financial Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) and the Dutch Public Prosecutor recently visited Shell at its headquarters in The Hague,” a spokesman said.
“The visit was related to OPL 245, an offshore block in Nigeria that was the subject of a series of long-standing disputes with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Shell is cooperating with the authorities and is looking into the allegations, which it takes seriously.”