The UK High Court announced that Nigerians can file a case against shell over the oil spills they have suffered from in Niger Delta. The oil spill has had a negative impact on their land and water.
Both farmers and fishermen have been impacted by this spill and as such, have decided to file a case against the giant oil company.
The judges maintained that Shell could be responsible for what is going on in its subsidiary in Nigeria. Nigeria’s Shell Petroleum Development Company is located in the delta region.
A lower court had earlier maintained that Nigerians had no case against Shell in Britain. The UK High Court later overruled this. The judges later maintained that there was going to be a case.
Daniel Leader, a legal practitioner representing the Nigerian communities, said that such ruling could help impoverished communities to fight for their right and hold powerful companies to account.
Even courts in other Western countries have shown their full interest in such cases. A court in the Netherlands favored Nigerian farmers in another case that involved Shell. The Court ruled that the giant company was responsible for pollution.
According to the Ogale and Bille people, the oil spills from Shell have affected a lot of things in their lives and their communities at large. Daniel Leader said that the possibility of achieving success in Nigerian courts was minimal, considering that only a few lawyers are ready to take on a case.
He also maintained that local people don’t have access to legal representation and when they do it would take a while to conclude.