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Lagos fishing communities get N10billion over 1998 oil spillage

16 December 2016, 14:05

Lagos - A Federal High Court in Lagos has awarded the sum of N10 billion against ‎Mobil Producing Nigeria unlimited, over a 1998 oil spillage, reports Daily Trust

‎The court awarded the sum in a judgment delivered in a suit by Chief M, Ajanaku and others, on behalf of fishing communities and cooperatives of Lagos.

The plaintiffs had sought a declaration that the defendant’s continuing failure to undertake post impact remediation measures to restore the ecosystem of their lands and waters, was unlawful.

They had argued that a refusal by the defendants to show consideration to where they carry on their occupation of fish farming, is a violation of their right to life, and right to live in an environment favourable to their socio-economic development.

Also read:Aggrieved youths barricade ExxonMobil gates over oil spill

Besides, the plaintiffs sought special damages in the sum of N8.4 billion with ‎interest at the rate of 10% per annum from Jan. 26, 1998 until judgment was delivered.

They also sought payment of interest on the same rate until full payment by the defendant.

The plaintiffs further claimed N1.4 billion being general damages for the infraction on their constitutional and statutory rights, and an interest on the judgment sum at the rate of 10% from the date of judgment until full payment.

‎In his judgment, Justice Ibrahim Buba granted all the claims by Plaintiffs excluding the interest.

Read more at Daily Trust

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