Oil Spill: Supreme Court Rejects Shell’s Request To Vacate ₦17bn Judgement

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The Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by Shell Development Company of Nigeria Limited seeking to set aside a January 11, 2019 of the court upholding damages to the tune of N17bilion awarded against the company.

The apex court had January 11, 2019 upheld an earlier by the Court of Appeal, affirming a June 14, 2010 of the Federal High Court which awarded the damages against Shell an spill at Ejam-Ebulu in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of River in 1970.

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Dismissing the application Friday, Justice Samuel Osuji read the lead ruling of the Supreme Court’s panel prepared by Justice Centus Nweze, held that the application by Shell, asking it to revisit its earlier , unmeritorious.

Although the to Shell declined speaking to Journalists, to Ejam-Ebulu community, Mr Lucius Nwosu while applauding the verdict of the court said the sum, with interest, now stands in the region of N160billion.