Oil shipment: Court adjourns suit against Chevron, Total to April 30




By Sandra Umeh

A Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday, adjourned until April 30,, the 69 million dollars suit filed by the Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria against Chevron Petroleum Nigeria Ltd, seeking to recover Oil Revenue.

The FG filed the suit against Chevron Nigeria Ltd, and Chevron Petroleum Nigeria Ltd, as first and second defendants respectively.

The case which was adjourned for a report of proceedings at the Court of Appeal, was on Wednesday adjourned to a further date, as parties were still before the Court of Appeal.

Counsel to both parties were represented in court.

The case has therefore been further fixed for April 30, for a report of proceedings at the Court of Appeal.

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This suit is one among other suits instituted by the FG, seeking to recover almost 12 billion dollars in missing crude oil revenue from some international oil companies.
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The suit was filed by FG, through its Counsel, Prof Fabian Ajogwu, (SAN) in 2016, against some International Oil Companies to recover lost revenues arising from undeclared and under-declared crude oil shipments from Nigeria to different parts of the world.

Meanwhile, the court also adjourned a similar suit against Total E&P Nigeria Plc, as the case was also pending before the Appeal court.

The Federal Government had sued Total E&P, alleging that the oil company under-declared the volume of crude oil it shipped out of the country between January 2011 and December 2014.

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FG accused the oil company of short-changing it to the tune of 245 million dollars, by allegedly shipping several barrels of crude oil out of Nigeria, without making due remittance to the government.

It also filed similar suits against Agip Oil Company Ltd, Brasoil, Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd among others. (NAN)




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