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Shell offers $51 million to settle Nigerian oil spills claim, but will pay much more

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By John Donovan

The London law firm Leigh Day has rightly rejected a £30 million pounds ($51 million) offer from Shell to settle a compensation claim from 15,000 residents of the Bodo community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. 

The offer emerged from a London court hearing on Friday 20 June 2014.

The following outspoken comment was attributed to a senior Shell executive.

The Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu yesterday called on the affected community to direct their UK lawyers to stop wasting more time pursuing enormously exaggerated claims, saying the company wants to compensate fairly and quickly those who have been genuinely affected and also clean up all the affected areas. read more

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