Oil spill: UK court strikes out Niger Delta claims against Shell

Anglo-Dutch multinational oil company, Shell on Thursday won an argument before a British court over oil spills in the Niger Delta.

Over 40,000 Niger Delta residents had dragged Shell to a UK court over oil spills in their communities.

The court ruled that the high-profile case should be heard in Nigeria, but the complainants have argued that they can only get a fair hearing in British courts.

Shell’s subsidiary in Nigeria, SPDC had argued that the case was outside the UK court jurisdiction and should he heard in Nigeria.

According to Reuters, legal experts say other claimants against British-based multinationals could have been encouraged to pursue legal action through British courts if the Nigerian communities had gotten a favourable ruling.

 

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