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Ijaw Youth Council threatens to shut down Forcados oil terminal

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has threatened to shut down the Forcados oil terminal if Mobil oil company does not obey a judgment delivered by a Federal High Court, Vanguard reports.

The court had asked the company to pay the sum of N1.430 billion to Odimido federated communities and Forcados, for a major oil spill in 1998.

The threat was announced by the national president of IYC, Eric Omare, in Warri, Delta state, on Thursday, January 18.
Omare urged President Muhammadu Buhari to compel Mobil to pay up, as he stated that various communities were tired of going through a lengthy court process.

He stated: “For 17 years, the communities went through court processes and for 20 years, they have suffered the effects of pollution. Their major sources of drinking water were polluted.
“The federal government should order immediate compliance with the court judgment; failure of which, we will be forced to shut down Forcados Terminal.”

He further pleaded with the government not to allow residents of the Forcados communities resort to self-help, even as he commended the residents for adhering to the rule of law so far.

Also speaking on the matter, Perebibo Fufeyen, counsel to the Odimodi federated communities, disclosed that most of the individuals who instituted the case against Mobil had already died as a result of the pollution of their river.

Fufeyen stated that the river was the areas only source of drinking water, and further appealed to the federal government to compel Mobil to obey the judgment.

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