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Landowners to drag NAOC for N6.112b

By Ukari Francis Theophilus

The families of Egberiwari and Opoti in Ikarama-Okordia in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state are to drag Nigeria Oil Company (AGIP) to court for non compensation of their land at Taylor Creek A & B.

A statement made available to Creek News Weekly and signed by the secretary of the families Mr. Ukari Francis Theophilus pointed out that NAOC acquired the land in 1984 for the purpose of oil exploration but failed to pay compensation.

To this end, the families drag the oil company to court but while in court another family called Ikirikeme also applied to join as second defendants, claiming to be sole ownership of said land.
However, NAOC and Ikirikeme family lost out in the matter in the suit but not satisfied with judgment they went to Appeal Court in Port- Harcourt and Supreme Court in Abuja in 2017 and also lost out.

Yet the Ikirikeme family went further to another Court in a suit No YHC/176/ 2009 seeking total declaration that the Abusubube land belong to them and also lost in 2017.

In a letter written to the General Manager of NAOC through their families lawyer B.U. Ekwugha and Company on December13, 20017 and made available to this online blogger, the Egberiwari and Opoti families are demanding from NAOC to pay them the sum of N6.112 billion  for acquisition, damages/compensation and other sundry issues for Taylor Creek locations A & B.

However, the families have decided to give another 14 days ultimatum to NAOC to start negotiation with the families otherwise they will stop the company activities on their land through legal process in the days ahead.


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