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Oil Spillage: Court Orders Mobil, NNPC To Pay N82bn Damages To Akwa Ibom Communities

Oil Spillage: Court Orders Mobil, NNPC To Pay N82bn Damages To Akwa Ibom Communities

6/22/2021 9:08:00 AM

Oil Spillage: Court Orders Mobil, NNPC To Pay N82bn Damages To Akwa Ibom Communities

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to pay the oil

ADVERTISEMENTThe judge further said that some of the witnesses ought not to have come to the court at all going by the discrepancies in the documents brought to the court, adding that they only embarked on guess research that was not reliable.He further held that both Mobil and NNPC were negligent by their failure to visit places of the leakages of the crude oil that led to the contermination of Rivers and creeks.

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Justice Taiwo rejected the claims of the Mobile joint venture partner, NNPC, that the suit was statute barred in 2012 when it was filed by the aggrieved plaintiffs.The NNPC had claimed that the suit was not filed within 12 months by the plaintiffs as required by the provision of Section 12, Sub Section 1 of the NNPC Act, 2004.

However, the judge held that the instant suit had to do with fundamental rights that cannot be rendered impotent by the statute of limitations.He stated further that Section 11, Subsection 5 of the Oil Pipeline Act made it mandatory for oil companies to monitor and repair their pipelines to avoid spillages and environmental degradation.

Justice Taiwo consequently awarded the sum of N42.8 billion as damages for intangible losses, N21.9 billion for special damages as annotated and N10 billion as general damages.The Ibeno communities led by Obong Effiong Archianga and 9 others had through their lawyers, Chief Lucius Nwosu, SAN, brought the action against NNPC, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and ExxonMobil Corporation.

They had sought about N100 billion compensation for economic losses suffered from oil spillages caused by the defendants during exploration. Read more: LEADERSHIP Newspaper »

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