Legal & Regulatory

UK Supreme Court to hear Nigerians’ oil spill case against Shell

Jul 25, 2019

The Supreme Court in London will hear an appeal by Nigerian farmers and fishermen to pursue claims in England against Shell over oil spills in the Niger Delta. Reuters reported that the decision to hear the appeal re-opens the possibility for British multinationals to be held liable at home for their subsidiaries’ actions abroad. It…

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Ecobank’s receiver takes over Shoreline Power’s assets over debt

Jul 22, 2019

The Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained Shoreline Power Company Limited’s management from interfering with a receiver-manager, Taiwo Ogbara, appointed by Ecobank Nigeria Limited to take over the firm’s assets. Justice Chuka Obiozor restrained the firm’s management, including Orikolade Karim, Tunde Karim, Yinka Karim, Marc Hasenclever and Graeme Stout, from interfering with or obstructing…

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DPR shuts 25 filling stations in Kano, Jigawa

Jul 19, 2019

Over 25 filling stations in Kano and Jigawa states have been sealed off by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for different offences ranging from violation of safety rules, under-dispensing of petroleum products to customers, operating without valid licenses, to outright diversion of the products. The Kano/Jigawa states Operations Controller, Mr. Musa Zarumi Tambawal, who…

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Eni officials allegedly attempt to tamper with witness in Nigeria bribery case

Jul 18, 2019

Officials from Eni sought to convince a witness, a former Eni manager, to withdraw some statements he made during investigations into a Nigerian corruption case involving the Italian oil group, a court heard on Wednesday. Prosecutor Fabio De Pasquale made the comment in a trial hearing into the case, during a legal debate over a…

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DPR begins sealing off illegal filling stations in Adamawa

Jul 18, 2019

The Adamawa office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has commenced the sealing off of illegal filling stations in the state. The exercise, which commenced on Thursday, has led to the sealing off of six filling stations in Gombi, Hong, Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Areas. Speaking on the exercise, Alhaji Ibrahim…

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170,000 local fishermen hopeful of victory in suit against Shell

Jul 17, 2019

About 170,000 fishermen from 350 communities in Delta, Bayelsa, Ondo states have expressed hope of victory in a case between it and oil giant, Shell that has been in court since 2011. Executive Director, Oil Spill Victims Vanguard, OSPIVV, Mr Harrison Jalla who briefed representatives of the various communities and the fishermen in Warri, Delta…

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Eni CEO sues attorney for defamation in relation to Nigeria bribery case

Jul 17, 2019

The head of Italian oil group Eni has sued a former legal adviser to the company for defamation after excerpts of the lawyer’s written testimony relating to a Nigerian corruption case were published in several newspapers on Wednesday. Eni said Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi had taken the legal action after newspapers quoted from the testimony,…

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Oil firms, analysts expect Nigeria’s petroleum laws to be passed in Buhari’s second term

Jul 16, 2019

Investors’ 11-year wait for the Nigerian government to open up Africa’s biggest crude industry may be over. An overhaul of oil policy that’s been in the works for more than a decade is among a raft of laws President Muhammadu Buhari could steer through parliament in his second term to help drive investment in the…

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DPR reiterates tough stance on infractions, lifts Petrocam sanctions

Jul 16, 2019

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), yesterday, reiterated its stance about non-tolerance of acts of infractions from licensed operators, even as it lifted the sanctions meted on a downstream marketing company, Petrocam Trading Nig. Ltd., for violating the agency’s rules and regulations. Acting Director of DPR, Ahmed Shakur, told journalists in Lagos that the company…

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Court grants NIMASA rights to collect fees from drilling operations

Jul 15, 2019

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has commended the judgement of the Federal High Court in the case involving Seadrill Mobile Unit Nigeria Limited and the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT), which affirmed NIMASA right to collect fees from drilling operations. NIMASA was later joined as a necessary…

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