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Breaking: Nigeria wins as UK court dismisses $11 billion P&ID suit

Nigeria has won its bid to overturn an $11 billion damages bill involving the controversial Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID) deal.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Robin Knowles of the Commercial Court of England and Wales on Monday, it upheld Nigeria’s prayer on the ground that the ill-fated gas processing contract was obtained by fraud.

On January 31, 2017, a private arbitration Tribunal ordered Nigeria to pay $6.6 billion to P&ID plus interest beginning from March 20, 2013.

Following the judgement, Nigeria applied for an extension of time and relief from sanctions.

The application was granted by Ross Cranston, a judge of the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, in September 2020.

Nigeria had alleged that the gas deal was a scam conceived to defraud the country.

Lawyers representing the federal government of Nigeria told the court that P&ID officials paid bribes to secure the contract.

But, P&ID denied the allegation and accused the Nigerian government of “false allegations and wild conspiracy theories.”

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