Court sentences Shell Nigeria MD, two others to jail for contempt

Posted On October 10th, 2018 - 9:56 am | by Oil and gas press

A Port Harcourt High Court has sentenced the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Osagie Okunbor, and two others to three months in prison with hard labour.

Those sentenced to prison alongside the Managing Director in contempt proceedings are, Company Secretary and Head of Legal, Nike Oyinlola, as well as Deputy Country Head of Legal/Managing Counsel, Global Litigation, sub-Sahara Africa, Keibi Atemie.

Presiding judge, George Omereji, while delivering judgment in suit No: PHC/1929/218, convicted the Shell officials for disobeying a court order of Justice Margaret Opara of the Rivers State High Court in 2008, asking Shell to forfeit the land where the Bonny Crude Oil Terminal is located.

    The disputed land belonged to the Jumbo Major House of Bonny and the Brown House of Finima in the Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The convicted Shell officials were not in court, Justice Omereji instructed the police and other law enforcement agencies to arrest and send them to prison according to media reports.

SPDC’s spokesman, Bamidele Odugbesan, reportedly said the oil giant did not accept the judgment and had appealed it.

“We do not accept that SPDC has disobeyed any lawful order of court and have accordingly appealed this judgement.

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