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Nigeria: Gas Flaring – Niger Delta Youths Sue Shell, Total, ExxonMobil, Chevron and others

allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Gas Flaring – Niger Delta Youths Sue Shell, Total, Others

Leadership (Abuja)
3 April 2008
Gowon Emakpe

The Niger Delta youths movement has dragged six oil companies and the federal government, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

President of the Niger Delta Youths Movements, Mr. Onengiye Elekima, in his statement of claim, is suing five major oil companies and the federal government for allegedly flaring gas and pumping noxious chemical substances into the atmosphere in the Niger Delta region for about fifty years in course of their oil production.
 
The Niger Delta youths movement, is demanding N5trillion representing general and special damages.

Companies dragged to court are Shell Petroleum Development Company, Total FinaElf Ltd, ExxonMobil Unltd, Chevron Texaco Ltd, Nigeria Agip Oil Company Ltd, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and the federal government.

According to the statement of claim, the 1st-5th defendants have been flaring gas and pumping poisonous chemical substances into the atmosphere in the Niger Delta region for about fifty years in course of their oil production and allied activities thereof.

Some of the chemical substances pumped into the atmosphere in course of flaring of gas by the defendants are, nitrogen dioxides, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic compounds like benezene, others are tohiene, xylene, and carcinogenics like benzapyrene and dioxin.

Elekina, said that the above and other substances are harmful to human beings, and causative agents for asthma, chronic bronchitis, leukemia and cancer all of which have caused deaths amongs the Niger Delta people.

Furthermore, it said that in the activities of the defendants in flaring gas and pumping the aforesaid chemicals into the Niger Delta environment, have led to acid rain and soot resulting in massive damage to the roofs of their buildings and plants.

The plaintiffs is seeking for a declaration that the continued flaring of gas and the release into the atmosphere/environment in the Niger Delta region by the defendants of poisonous and noxious chemical and substances by the defendants is unlawful and constitutes a violation of the plaintiffs right to life, dignity, acquire and own immovable property within the region.

Also for a declaration that the activities of the defendants aforesaid within the plaintiffs environment (Niger Delta region of Nigeria) is dangerous and injurious to the plaintiffs health, eco-system and violates the rights of the plaintiffs.

An order restraining the defendants from continuing with the aforesaid activities to not flaring of gas and release into the atmosphere/environment of the Niger Delta of poisonous and noxious chemical substances.

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