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According to reports, the Bayelsa State Government has dragged Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) Ltd. to a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt over an oil spillage from the company’s SBM Sirius in Brass Local Government Area of the state.

This was disclosed on Friday, when the Bayelsa Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kemeasuode Wodu filed the originating summons.

The plaintiff demanded a declaration that, the action or conduct of the defendant in allowing or causing petroleum to escape from its SBM Sirius facility into the waters around the said SBM facility which flowed into the sea and parts of Bayelsa was as a result of its operational error, and this is in contravention of contravened Regulation 13 of the Petroleum Act Cap P10 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

They sought an injunction restraining the defendant, its agents and or servants from further discharging onto or allowing petroleum (crude oil) to escape onto the waters around the said SBM Sirius, (Offshore Brass) facility.

The plaintiff prayed that the defendant should be ordered to take all appropriate steps toward restoring the land, swamps, rivers and waters, impacted by the spillage and pay compensation to all persons whose properties were destroyed, and the defendant (NAOC) should also be ordered to provide potable drinking water for the communities in Bayelsa State impacted by the said Petroleum spillage from the said SBM Sirius operated by the defendant.

In the originating summons, the state government also demanded N1.6 trillion compensation for general and exemplary damages from the spill which occurred on November 27, 2013.

We learnt that, no date has been fixed for hearing of the case.


Written by Okolo Ezinne

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