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Shell vs. Bodo Community: British Court To Hear Evidence In Nigeria

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extracts from an article by Tunde Oyedoyin published by The Guardian Nigeria on Friday 25 July 2014

A BRITISH court will temporarily sit in Nigeria next year in a bid to determine how much compensation Shell Nigeria should pay to the fishermen of the Bodo community, who were affected by the two massive oil spills that occurred in their area in 2008 and 2009.

Although the decision to hear evidence from the fishermen was taken during a previous sitting on June 20, when the case was heard again Friday in Courtroom 20 of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), Chancery Lane, Mr. Justice Akenhead confirmed that he will be sitting in Port Harcourt for two weeks, beginning May 5, 2015.

Speaking with The Guardian after yesterday’s hearing, the European Coordinator of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Lazarus Tamana said the court’s decision was a vindication for the people of Bodo community, who had suffered a lot as a result of the activities of Shell. He accused the oil giant of not wanting to do the right thing.

Explaining how the oil major came to put N3 billion on the table, he said: “Before dragging Shell to London, the highest they offered in compensation was N250 million. It was when they knew the case was already here that they raised their offer to N3 billion.”

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