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$11.5bn P&ID judgment: Corrupt officials, private firms can no longer hold nations hostage – Tinubu


President Bola Tinubu has hailed Monday’s judgment of the Business and Property Court in London, awarding a landmark victory to the Federal Government of Nigeria over a firm known as Process & Industrial Development (P&ID) Limited, saying that it shows that countries will no longer be held hostage by economic conspiracies between private firms and corrupt officials.

The judgment rendered by Judge Robin Knowles dismissed the $11.5 billion value of the award plus accumulated interest, previously won by P&ID over a failed 2010 deal to allegedly build a gas processing plant, on the grounds that the award was obtained by fraud. 

Reacting to the judgment through a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu commended the UK Court for prioritizing the merits of the case above all other considerations.

The statement quoted him as saying: “This landmark judgment proves conclusively that nation states will no longer be held hostage by economic conspiracies between private firms and solitarily corrupt officials who conspire to extort and indebt the very nations they swear to defend and protect.

“Today’s victory is not for Nigeria alone. It is a victory for our long exploited continent and for the developing world at large, which has for too long been on the receiving end of unjust economic malpractice and overt exploitation. 

“Nigeria is appreciative of the tremendous efforts of the defense team and acknowledges the role of the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Attorney-General in the process of defending Nigeria’s interest in this case,” the President stated.

Credit: Nigerian Tribune

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