Activist sues Shell over non-remittance of crude sales

By Peter Bahago, Abuja

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Shell Petroleum Development Company has been sued over alleged non remittance of about 5 trillion Naira worth of crude oil sales on behalf of the Nigerian Government.

One of the charges in the suit also includes under-declaration of crude oil exploration and shipment, third party interference in trunk line operations and others.

 

An Environmental Activist, Mr. Anderson Achilike instituted the suit on behalf of Nigeria National Interest Defenders.

 

Speaking to journalists at a world media conference after filing the suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the convener, Mr. Anderson Achilike prayed the court to declare that the conduct of Shell development company in not remitting and under-declaring of crude oil exploration and shipment, and other suspicious activities  constitutes economic sabotage and crime against the country.

Mr. Anderson also asked the court to order Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to prosecute Shell and anyone found culpable.

“An  order directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to carry out quantitative investigation of the amount or quantity of crude oil coming into or supplied from shell Development Company in Nigeria” he said.

According to Mr Achilike, 5 trillion Naira is enough to solve most of the infrastructure deficits and urged the court to grant his prayers.

Other defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.

 

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere