An NGO, the Oil Spills Victims Vanguard, filed the case against SHELL on September 21 at the TTC High Court of Justice, London, on behalf of the victims of the Bonga deadly oil spill.
The spill is said to have been caused by an operational error on the part of SNEPCO, had about 40,000 barrels of crude oil discharged into the Atlantic Ocean, and affected at least 350 communities in Delta and Bayelsa states.
“The pollution from this discharge which covered a distance of 185 kilometers along the Nigeria coastline compelled fishermen to desert the sea and the polluted farmlands,” the group said.
About 168,000 people were said to have been affected directly by the spill.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which is a parent company to SNEPCO, is joined as a co-defendant in the case.
Harrison Jalla, the Executive Director of the Oil Spills Victims Vanguard, is the lead plaintiff in the case.
Mr. Jalla, in a press statement, said SNEPCO has “completely refused” to pay the $5 billion fine imposed on it by the Nigerian government.”
Mr. Jalla said his NGO wants to use the court case to compel Shell to pay compensation to the victims and the affected communities, as well as clean up the environment.
The NGO, represented by the law firm, Johnson and Steller, Mayfair, London, is asking for a preliminary court order that would compel Shell to tender reports and all other documents related to the Bonga oil spill.
No date has been fixed yet for the hearing.
Shell could not immediately be reached for comment.
The oil company in the past denied any wrongdoing, claiming that it responded to the oil spill “with professionalism and acted with the consent of the necessary authorities at all times to prevent environmental impact as a result of the incident,” according to a report published by Reuters.
The Nigerian government was said to have filed a similar suit in 2016 against Shell at a federal high court, Abuja, demanding N1.3 trillion as compensation on behalf of the victims and communities affected by the Bonga oil spill.
Woman arrested for scamming church in Ogun state of N100m
A 39-year old woman, Iwuagwu Onyinyechi, has been apprehended by the Ogun police command after she defrauded a Christian church the sum of N100m, under the disguise of assisting the church to raise fund for her charity programme. Onyinyechi was able to defraud the church with forged documents three good times.
The police command in a statement read by its spokesman on Sunday Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Onyinyechi’s arrest followed a complain filed by a lawyer of the church, Godswill Ojakovo, to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, in which he said that his client, the church, was defrauded by Onyinyechi through an act of forgery.
According to the spokesman, Oyeyemi, the suspect claimed to have obtained a Local Purchase Order (LPO) from a property company and pleaded to the church to help fund the LPO, after which a sum of N33.118m was successfully transferred into to her bank account.
While the church was awaiting the repayment of the loan, Onyinyechi came with another two LPOs she claimed she got from a Catholic Hospital, Iju and a private school in Ikorodu, Lagos State. Another sum of N77m was given to her, after convincing the church with relevant documents and proofs to back her claims.
But as soon as Onyinyechi got the last payment in September 2018, she went loose and this prompted the church to make discreet inquiries about the LPOs she submitted and found out that they were forged.
Tanzania woman attacked by her husband for refusing to give him anal sex
A married woman from Kijichi Mkoa, Western Zanzibar in Tanzania is left with deep cuts on her face after a fight with her husband whom she refused to give anal sex.
The victim says her husband been making moves to get his demands but she has been refusing only because Islam does not support anal sex. The victim says her partner says she is being “naive” on matters with sex.
“He began demanding anal sex from me three months after our wedding. I told him: ‘no’; straight away! He, however, kept on urging me to give in to his demands. Even when I was seven months pregnant, he still wanted to have anal sex with me. I stood my ground, nonetheless,”- the victim told Tanzania’s Mwananchi Newspaper .
The lady revealed that her husband was rejected by two women because he asked them of the same act. The accused, denied his wife’s claims, saying the fight between them broke out after his in-laws (wife relatives) demanded a lot of money as dowry from him.
According to him, his wife’s family mocks him for being “broke”.
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