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Nigeria: Shell and Oil Spill in Niger delta

The alleged refusal of  Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to honour the agreement reached on the payment of compensation to communities impacted by spillage from an oil well known as Seibou Well 2L in the area has created tension in  eight of its operations host communities in Southern Ijaw Local Government areas of Bayelsa State

Following the spill, which devastated the communities (Ogboinbiri, Azagbene, Kologbene, Apoi Olodiama, Kemebiama, Lobia, Okubie and Okparatubo) over four years ago, an agreement was reach between both parties, but Shell reneged, a situation which forced the people to resort to litigation in a suit numbered FHC/YNG/CS/22526/2009 where the communities asked the court to compel the SPDC to pay compensation to the tune of N7.2 billion.

In the suit, which was filed at the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa under Justice R.M. Aikawa, indigenes of the aggrieved communities, including Chief Goodnews Ayibabemi claimed that on the October 25, 2005, a leakage was noticed from the pipeline owned by the SPDC and the leakage was later referred to as ‘product equipment failure’ and that an intensive clean up was done by the oil company with a promise to pay compensate for damaged done.

According to them, at a meeting called by State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva to look into the continued face-off between the people and Shell over the issued, no solution was reached, said Ayibabemi.

Following the disagreement, the people have once again gone before the courts to compel Shell to pay the compensation demanded. Justice Aikawa has adjourned further hearing till 13th October, 2010