Supreme Court Dismisses Shell’s Application To Review Ogoni N17bn Judgment

Supreme Court Dismisses Shell’s Application To Review Ogoni N17bn Judgment


According to a report by The PUNCH, the Supreme Court has dismissed an application from the oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company.

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed Shell Petroleum Development Company’s application, requesting a review of a January 11, 2019 judgment ordering it to pay N17bn to some Ogoni communities in Rivers State affected by an oil spill from the company in 1970.

A five-man panel led by Judge Olabode Rhodes-Vivour unanimously dismissed the company’s request for review of the sentence after confirming the preliminary objection presented by the communities legal team.

Judge Centus Nweze prepared the main ruling on Friday, but it was read by another superior court judge, Judge Chukwudumebi Oseji, who is not a member of the five-man panel.

In the case, which lasted about 31 years since it began in the High Court, the high court issued the order of N17bn in favor of Ejama-Ebubu in the Tai Eleme local government area of ​​Rivers State, represented by Chief Isaac Agbara and nine other people. .

The communities’ lead attorney, Lucius Igwe, said on Friday that the sum of the judgment with interest earned over the 32-year period was around N182bn.

At the September 22, 2020 hearing that led to the Supreme Court ruling on Friday, Nwosu had urged the high court not only to dismiss the request, but also to enter an order against all the top attorneys on Shell’s legal team. as a “deterrent” for the presentation of the request for review of sentence which, according to him, was aimed at ridiculing the integrity and purpose of the decisions of the higher court.

The Shell legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) had bigwigs in the legal profession, including Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), former Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN)) and Wale Akoni (SAN).