NPDC wants court to stop oil spillage investigation

The Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation (NPDC) has told the Federal High Court, Abuja, to stop the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) from continuing its investigation into oil spillage in the country.

Counsel to NPDC Ayotunde Ogunleye brought an ex parte motion in this regard before Justice Ademola Adeniyi on Tuesday.

Ogunleye prayed the court for a judicial review against the commission’s special investigative panel on oil spillage and pollution by prohibiting the panel from going on with the investigation.

Ademola, however, complained that the counsel was making reference to documents that were not before him.

He said the issue was a serious one and that all necessary exhibits must be before him before he would consider the motion.

The judge adjourned hearing of the motion till Oct. 27 to enable counsel regularise their processes.

NHRC, on Feb. 21, set up a special investigative panel on oil spills and environmental pollution in the country.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, said the committee was set up following the myriad of petitions to the commission on oil spills and environmental pollution.

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