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N82bn Oil spillage judgement: Akwa Ibom monarch warns NNPC/Mobil against renege

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The paramount ruler of Ibeno, an Oil producing group in Akwa Ibom State, His royal majesty, Owong Effiong Archianga, has urged the Nigerian Nationwide Company (NNPC) and the Exxon Mobil to obey the judgement by the Excessive Court docket ordering them to pay N81.9Billion compensation to the group.

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It might be recalled that the Federal Excessive Court docket had on Monday, June 21, 2021 ordered the NNPC and Exxon Mobil to pay the stated sum as cumulative damages to Ibeno communities over the oil spillage and environmental degradation.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo in his judgement, stated the cost should be made inside 14 days of the ruling as failure to take action would appeal to an accruable curiosity of 8% on the principal sum yearly.

Nevertheless, Achianga who’s the fast previous Nationwide President of Conventional Rulers of Oil Producing Communities, TROPCOM, in an emergency city corridor assembly with stakeholders of Ibeno Neighborhood at his place on Monday, hailed the judiciary saying that, that was a testomony that ‘judiciary is the final hope for the frequent man.’

He, subsequently, urged the Federal, State Governments and the folks of goodwill to impress on the oil corporations to pay the compensation with out additional delay, including that the communities wouldn’t accept something much less incase the oil giants are nursing the intention to enchantment the judgement.

Achianga famous that the compensation was solely for Ibeno communities that had been significantly impacted by the destructive results of the oil spillage and accused the oil large of oppression and denial of the precise of the folks through the years.

He justified the compensation in view of well being hazards, socio-economic impacts and resultant air pollution the operations of Exxon Mobil had prompted the folks through the years.

In keeping with him, “Years again, multinational oil exploration and manufacturing corporations have been in conflicts with host communities over oil spillages and with penalties of environmental degradation, destructive socio-economic impacts, well being hazards coupled with air pollution of our ecosystem which impacts our occupation as fishermen and farmers.

“Our victory within the case, instituted since 2012 has justified our pursuits for justice and equity. By that landmark judgement, the judiciary in Nigeria has re-enacted public belief as being the final hope of the frequent man in addition to for individuals who pursue their rights legally.”

Expressing his gratitude, the paramount ruler stated, “Our persons are very grateful to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Federal Minister of Justice & Legal professional Normal and members of the Jury within the Nigerian Judiciary, for standing by Ibeno folks for the previous 9 years throughout the authorized battle with the multinational oil corporations (Mobil), working in our communities over oil exploitation, oppression and denial of our rights.

“It’s in opposition to this background that the whole folks of Ibeno Land at house and in diaspora want to thanks severally and individually particularly the lead Choose of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja, Justice Taiwo Taiwo for the landmark judgment of Monday, twenty first June, 2021.

“Certainly, that is historic report for the Judiciary. I hope the version of Nigerian Weekly Regulation Stories would chronicle this of their subsequent version.”

In the meantime, a cross-section of Akwa Ibom folks have reacted to the judgement saying that it was victory nicely deserved.
They added that the compensation will cushion the affect of oil Spillage and exploration on the affected communities.

One Effiong Offiong, a retired faculty instructor talking with newsmen counseled Gov. Udom Emmanuel for giving the oil producing communities the chance to hunt for equity and fairness within the court docket of regulation.

Court docket orders NNPC, Mobil to pay Akwa Ibom communities N90bn over oil spillage

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