The Supreme Court has dismissed an application by Shell Petroleum Development Company, requesting a revisit of a January 11, 2019 judgment ordering it to pay N17bn as compensation to some Ogoni communities in Rivers State affected by an oil spill from the company in 1970.
The apex court dismissed Shell’s application for a review of the judgment after upholding the preliminary objection filed by the communities’ legal team.
The case has been in court for about 32 years when the High Court earlier issued the N17bn order in favour of Ejama-Ebubu in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, represented by Chief Isaac Agbara and nine others.
The communities’ lead lawyer, Lucius Igwe, earlier on Friday revealed that the judgment sum with the accrued interests for the 32 years period stood at about N182bn.
At the September 22, 2020 hearing leading to the Supreme Court’s ruling delivered on Friday, Nwosu had urged the apex court not to only dismiss the application, but to also make an order against all the senior lawyers in Shell’s legal team which include Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN), and Wale Akoni (SAN).
He asked the Court to prevent the lawyers from filing of the judgment review application which he alleged was aimed at ridiculing the integrity and finality of the decisions of the apex court.