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Ogoni Oil Spill: S-Court declines to set aside N17bn judgement against Shell

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The Supreme Court, on Friday, excused an application Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited documented to put aside the judgment that arranged it to pay N17billion to certain Ogoni people group in Rivers State that were influenced by oil spillage that occured in 1970. The summit court, in a consistent choice by a five-man board for Justices drove by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vovour, held that an application the oil goliath brought for an audit of the judgment that was entered against it in 2019, needed legitimacy. 

Ahead of the pack judgment of the zenith court that was set up by Justice Centus Nweze yet read by Justice Chukwudumebi Oseji, it maintained a fundamental protest that 10 customary bosses from the influenced networks in Rivers State, documented to challenge the application. The Supreme Court confirmed the certainty of the decision it gave on January 11, 2019, which settled the oil spillage case that hauled among Shell and the networks, for a very long time. In the interim, lead insight to the networks, Mr. Lucius Nwosu, in his response to Friday's choice of the summit court, noticed that the judgment entirety, with the accumulated interests for the 31 years time frame, remained at about N182bn. Nwosu noticed that it was a similar oil spillage case that prompted the execution of natural extremist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, by the military system. 

He said the Supreme Court had before given Ganishee Order Absolute for installment of the judgment obligation to the influenced networks. The people group had in their starter protest, blamed Shell for mishandling legal procedures by endeavoring to re-dispute an issue that was before chosen by the Supreme Court. They focused on that the pinnacle court had in 2019, maintained a Court of Appeal judgment that granted harms against Shell for oil spillage in Ejama-Ebubu in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.

 The people group, through their Chiefs, noticed that the new application by the oil monster, which was recorded seven months after the underlying allure checked SC/731 was excused, was a determined endeavor to move the Supreme Court to sit on allure over its last judgment. Depending on Order 2 Rule 29(1) of the Supreme Court Rules, the Chiefs who recorded the fundamental protest for themselves and for the benefit of the antiquated "Onne eh Ejama" Stool in Council, Chiefs, Elders, Men, Women and Children Ejama-Ebubu in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers, fought that the peak court can't audit or put aside its last judgment, but to address administrative mistakes or unintentional slips. Plus, they implored the Supreme Court to rebuff all the legal advisors that recorded the new application for the benefit of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd and Shell International Exploration and Production BV. 

They further educated the court that the judgment the Appellants looked to put aside had been mostly executed, with over N1 billion recuperated by the Respondents. Nwosu, SAN, told the pinnacle court that the very Shell that was hesitant to pay harms to Nigerian survivors of its oil spillage had in comparative circumstances, paid over $206 million to casualties in Mexico. 

He said the past prosecution kept going more than 30 years before the N17billion harms was granted against Shell by the Court of Appeal. Moreover, he drew consideration of the board of Justices to a letter the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, wrote to show that with the previous decision of the court, gives the oil organization looked to return through the new allure, was at that point spent.

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