The head of so-called Petroleum Facilities Guard, Ibrahim Jodran, has been offered millions of dinars by the UN-installed government to resume oil exportations, a step seen as a bribe to the militiaman who has been closing Libya's oil terminals for nearly 3 years now.
Ibrahim Jodran agreed to reopen the oil terminals after his meeting with UN envoy Martin Kobler, who was the mediator of the deal, in Ras Lanouf on Thursday.
Reports said the government agreed to pay an LYD 241 million to Jodran in order to resume exportations, but a source confirmed that only LYD 85 million out of the total amount has been paid to him so far.
Ajdabiya mayor Salem Jodran, brother of Ibrahim Jodran, confirmed that the agreement to reopen the ports was reached after ensuring the rights of PFG employees and their salaries.
Ibrahim Jodran militia groups are seizing the oil ports of Ras Lanuf, Brega, Al-Sidra and Al-Zueitina, in addition to around 7 oil fields in the oil crescent region.
The CEO of the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanallah, has rejected the agreement with Jodran, accusing him of being a trickster. Sanallah also accused UN envoy Martin Kobler of backing one of the biggest deceivers in the country.
Sanallah also accused Presidency Council member Fathi Mijibri, a close ally to Jodran, of using his position to capture the NOC, threatening to withdraw NOC recognition of the UN-installed government.
The closure of oil terminals and fields has cost Libya more than $100 billion in losses, according to Sanallah.