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.
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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.