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  Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit Compensation By Nathan Nwakamma Yenagoa June 15 2022 22 2021 The Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC has challenged the jurisdiction of a Federal High Court in Yenagoa to hear a N700 billion oil spill compensation suit filed by members of Aghoro I Community in Bayelsa The people of Aghoro I in Ekeremor Local Government Area LGA in Bayelsa dragged the SPDC to Federal High Court Yenagoa over a May 17 2018 oil leak from the oil firm s Trans Ramos Pipeline When the suit came up for hearing Counsel to SPDC Mr Michael Amadi told the court that the oil firm is challenging the jurisdiction to hear the case and appeal at the Court of Appeal He further urged the court to hands off the case pending the determination of the interlocutory appeal as demanded by the hierarchy of courts since the Court of Appeal was already adjudicating into SPDC s appeal Justice Isa Dashen noted that although the records as claimed by the defendant s counsel was before the court he is yet to go through He said that he was entitled to go through the court processes and records of the Court of Appeal before staying proceedings on the matter He adjourned until Oct 19 to enable and go through the processes filed before the court adding that he would await the decision of the appellate court as the rules demand The plaintiffs are Mr Victor Akamu Pastor Erebimienkumor Goddey Mrs Jane Alex Miss Edith George Mr Israel Tomonye and FASF Associates Ltd on behalf of Aghoro I community at Ekeremor LGA Bayelsa They are seeking redress for the damages caused by the oil spill and are claiming that the N33 49 million offered by SPDC was a far cry from the N700 billion claim based on impacted area damage assessment Listed as defendants in the suit are Shell Petroleum Development Company Shell International Exploration and Production BV Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Source NAN
Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit

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By Nathan Nwakamma

Shell Petroleum Development Company

Yenagoa, June 15, 2022 22, 2021 The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has challenged the jurisdiction of a Federal High Court in Yenagoa to hear a N700 billion oil spill compensation suit filed by members of Aghoro I Community in Bayelsa.

Local Government Area

The people of Aghoro I in Ekeremor Local Government Area (LGA) in Bayelsa dragged the SPDC to Federal High Court Yenagoa over a May 17, 2018 oil leak from the oil firm’s Trans Ramos Pipeline.

Michael Amadi

When the suit came up for hearing, Counsel to SPDC , Mr Michael Amadi told the court that the oil firm is challenging the jurisdiction to hear the case and appeal at the Court of Appeal.

Court of Appeal

He further urged the court to hands off the case pending the determination of the interlocutory appeal as demanded by the hierarchy of courts since the Court of Appeal was already adjudicating into SPDC’s appeal.

Isa Dashen

 Justice Isa Dashen noted that although the records as claimed by the defendant’s counsel was before the court, he is yet to go through.

Court of Appeal

He said that he was entitled to go through the court processes and records of the Court of Appeal before staying proceedings on the matter.

He adjourned until Oct. 19 to enable  and go through the processes filed before the court, adding that he would await the decision of the appellate court as the rules demand.

Victor Akamu

The plaintiffs are Mr Victor Akamu, Pastor Erebimienkumor Goddey, Mrs Jane Alex, Miss Edith George, Mr Israel Tomonye and FASF Associates Ltd on behalf of Aghoro I community at Ekeremor LGA, Bayelsa.

They are seeking redress for the damages caused by the oil spill and are claiming that the N33.49 million offered by SPDC was a far cry from the N700 billion claim based on impacted area damage assessment.

Shell Petroleum Development Company

Listed as defendants in the suit are, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Shell International Exploration and Production BV, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Source: NAN

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