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2 Jan 2017

The News (Nigeria)

Nigeria: Court orders Mobil to pay $32 million compensation to Lagos communities over 1998 oil spill

"Nigerian Court orders Mobil to pay N10bn to fishermen over oil spillage", 16 Dec 2016

A Federal High Court in Lagos...awarded the sum of N10 billion [about US$ 32 million] against ‎Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited [an affiliate of Exxon Mobil], over a 1998 oil spillage. The court awarded the sum in a judgment delivered in a suit by Chief M, Ajanaku and others, on behalf of fishing communities and cooperatives of Lagos...[The plaintiffs]...had argued that a refusal by the defendants to show consideration to where they carry on their occupation of fish farming, is a violation of their right to life, and right to live in an environment favourable to their socio-economic development...They also sought an order that the defendant should commence post impact remediation programmes in respect of the Plaintiffs’ lands and waters polluted by the defendant’s Idoho oil spill. They also sought an order, urging the defendants to do all such acts and things to clean up the environment of the Plaintiffs and to restore same to its original state...