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NSCDC wants court to stop investigation into oil spillage

25 October 2016, 21:12

Abuja - The Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation (NPDC) has the Federal High Court, Abuja, to stop the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) from continuing its investigation into oil spillage in the country.

Counsel to NPDC Ayotunde Ogunleye brought an ex parte motion in this regard before Justice Ademola Adeniyi on Tuesday.

Ogunleye prayed the court for a judicial review against the commission’s special investigative panel on oil spillage and pollution by prohibiting the panel from going on with the investigation.

Ademola, however, complained that the counsel was making reference to documents that were not before him.

Also read: Akwa Ibom women threaten to protest naked over oil spillage

He said the issue was a serious one and that all necessary exhibits must be before him before he would consider the motion.

The judge adjourned hearing of the motion till Oct. 27 to enable counsel regularise their processes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that NHRC, on Feb. 21, set up a special investigative panel on oil spills and environmental pollution in the country.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, said the committee was set up following the myriad of petitions to the commission on oil spills and environmental pollution. 

 

- NAN

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