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Nigeria: Villagers allowed to sue Shell in the UK

Tens of thousands of Nigerians were allowed by the British Supreme Court on 12 February to sue oil giant Shell in the UK for environmental damage inflicted by black gold leaks.

Seized by communities in the Niger Delta representing 42,500 inhabitants, the highest court in the UK is thus contradicting two reversed decisions by courts in London that refused to seize the oil.

The Supreme Court ruled that there was a case to be tried, pointing in particular to the “vertical group structure” registered in the United Kingdom.

The villagers in the areas concerned believe that they have suffered significant pollution, particularly of their drinking water, as a result of Royal Dutch Shell’s operations.

 

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