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FG Drags Shell To Court Over Bonga Oil Spill, Demands N1.3trn

Oil Spill
Posted: May 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The federal government has taken Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company to court, demanding N1.3 trillion in compensation for communities affected by the 2011 Bonga oil spills.

It will be recalled that the Bonga spill led to loss of farmlands and other means of livelihood of the local people especially fishermen who could no longer fish due to the massive pollution in Delta and Bayelsa states.


Reports say the suit is in the interest of fishermen and the over 285,000 people from 350 communities and satellite villages affected by the Bonga crude oil spillage.


The federal government is demanding N884 billion as compensation for the oil spill, another N495 billion as restitution and restoration of the devastation of the economic zone of the Nigeria territorial waters and N50 million as cost of the legal action.


Listed as co-defendants in the suit are Shell Petroleum N.V, B.V Netherlands International Indusrie-E Handel Maatschappij, Shell Transport and Trading Company Plc, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc,allied companies of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company.


The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) initiated the suit with the consent of President Muhammadu Buhari and the A. Malam, attorney general of the federation.