Victims drag Shell to London court over 2011 Nigeria Bonga oil spill

Victims drag Shell to London court over 2011 Nigeria Bonga oil spill

- Oil giant, Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, has been dragged to a London court

- The company is being accused of causing oil spillage in the Niger Delta region since 2011

- The company was dragged to court by a group made up of victims of the spill

A group has filed a suit against the Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company (SNEPCO) in London, Premium Times reports.

The group in its suit accused SNEPCO of causing oil spillage in Nigeria's Niger Delta region in 2011.

The group, Oil Spills Victims Vanguard, filed the case at the TTC High Court of Justice in London on behalf of all the victims of Bonga oil spill.

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The group in the allegation said the spill caused by an operational error from SNEPCO led to the discharge of about 40,000 barrels of crude oil into the Atlantic Ocean.

The OSVV said the spill also affected at least 350 communities and about 168,000 people in Delta and Bayelsa states.

OSVV said: "The pollution from this discharge which covered a distance of 185 killometres along the Nigeria coastline compelled fishermen to desert the sea and the polluted farmlands."

Joined in the suit is a parent company to SNEPCO, Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

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The group in their suit sought the relief of the court to enforce SNEPCO to pay a $5 billion fine imposed on it by the Nigerian government.

The group alleged that the company had completely refused to pay the fine. earlier reported that the Nigerian subsidiary of Shell had announced that it had force majeure on Bonny Light crude exports.

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The company said its decision followed key pipeline leaks in the area which also led to the shutdown of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line.

It said the measures were considered following contractual obligations and circumstances beyond the company's control.

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