Oil Spillage: Mobil Destroys A’Ibom Communities


-Coy Sued For N15 Billion Damages
Worried by the level of hardship meted on them by the regular occurrence of oil spillage, the Idua Ntak Inyang community, in Esit Eket LGA of Akwa Ibom State have dragged Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited to court.
In a Suit Number FHC/Uy/CS/2017 in the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Uyo Judicial Division, holden at Uyo, the plaintiff comprising of a registered corporative, non-governmental organization, the Network Advancement Programme for Poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction, (NAPPDRR), commercial fishermen, indigenes and community leaders of Idua Ntak Inyang community, demanded that the oil company pay special damages of 15 billion naira to be paid for the fish and other aquatic animals as well as farm crops destroyed by the spill, including loses of the use and income suffered by the plaintiffs from 12th December 2012 till date and continuing till judgement and till judgment debt is fully liquidated.
The community also pointed out that the massive oil spill is a dangerous phenomenon to the environment. Its says the gas flaring from the terminal causes acid rain, adding are these were injurious to health and adversely affect economic livelihood of farmers and fishermen from the area.
In a suit filed on the 13th November, 2017, the plaintiffs, through their solicitors, Barr Innih Archibong of Liberty Associate at 60 Iboko Street, Uyo, the NGO leading the demand for justice on behalf of Idua Ntak Inyang community and affected adjourning fishermen in other communities, the NAPPDRR claimed in the suit that “the death toll of fish and other forms of aquatic life was so massive and so messy to look at as dead fish were mired in miles upon miles of oil slink. Even as the defendant’s staff who came to the scene joined the plaintiff in weeping and said there was nothing they could do personally to help the situation other than adequate compensation and environmental remediation”.
Meanwhile, in its notice of preliminary objection dated 14th May, 2018, the defendant, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, in a suit number: FHC/UY/CS/156/17, through the Counsel to the defendant, D.D Dodo (SAN) of D.D. DODO and Co, 10 Atbara Street, off Cairo Street, Wuse11, Abuja, prayed the court to strike out or dismiss the suit for lack of jurisdiction to entertain same.



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