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Ijaw Communities Head to S’Court Over $1.5 bn Oil Spillage Suit

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Leaders of an Ijaw communities in Bayelsa state have headed to the Supreme Court over the $1.5b oil spillage and environmental degradation suit against Shell Petroleum Development of Nigeria, which was struck out by the Federal Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The leader of the Ijaw group, Mr. Pere Ajuwa,  disclosed this in Abuja at the weekend during a press briefing on the court judgment.

Ajuwa alleged that the judges were bought over by Shell in order to deliver a favourable judgement for them “despite the overwhelming and convincing evidences of death, oil spillages and environmental pollution which shell activities in the land have brought”.

He said that the affected communities have forwarded a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC) to take action against the erring Judges.

The activist noted that the Ijaw nation has been “in a violence-free battle with Shell over the death and other hazards the company has caused”, and that “the matter has appeared before the two chambers of the National Assembly which ordered Shell to pay the sum of $1.5bn to the 145 Ijaw communities in Bayelsa state.”

Ajuwa lamented that rather than paying the stated amount to the concerned Ijaw communities  for untold damages they have suffered, Shell preferred to use its money on the judiciary, alleging that the company has compromised the Federal Court of Appeal to obtain a favourable judgment.

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