Oil spill victims under the sponsorship of Oil Spill Victims Vanguard (OSPIVV) filed a lawsuit in the United Kingdom (UK) against Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO), a subsidiary of the Royal-Dutch Shell Plc..
They are demanding $3,600,191,206 compensation to 168,000 persons and 350 communities affected by the December 20, 2011 spill from its Bonga Oil Field in Delta State.
On the reason why the group filled the lawsuit, Harrison Jalla, the group’s Executive Director, had this to say:
.“We have filed a pre-action notice on September 21, 2017, in the TCC High Court of Justice in London through our lawyers, Johnson & Steller Solicitors of Handover Square, Mayfair on behalf of the victims and communities affected by the Bonga Oil Field spills of December 20, 2011 when Shell Nigeria Exploration and Product Company (SNEPCO), due to equipment failure in their Bonga Oil Field, discharged over 10, 000 barrels of crude oil into the Atlantic Ocean which negatively affected over 168,000 persons in over 350 coastal communities in Nigeria”.
He equally pointed out that the pollution, which covered a distance of 185 kilometres along the coastline, compelled fishermen to desert the sea, farmlands, vegetation and the environment in Ekeremo, Southern Ijaw and Brass local councils of Bayelsa State as well as Warri South-West, Warri North and Burutu council areas of Delta State and some riverine areas in Ondo State.
“After due process, the House of Representatives and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) fined SNEPCO the sum of three billion, six hundred million, one hundred and ninety one thousand, two hundred and six United States dollars to be paid to the affected shoreline communities, victims and the Federal Government of Nigeria within 14 days in a letter dated December 19, 2014, with reference number, NOSDRA/DFA/131/VOLU/409”, Jalla stated.
Jalla went further to accuse Shell for inflicting pains on the affected communities and said that the victims believe the UK court would deliver justice in the matter.