Bayelsa community threatens legal action against Agip oil over N6bn debt

Members of Egberiwari and Opoti in Ikarama – Okordia in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state have threatened to sue Nigeria Agip Oil Company over non payment of compensation for the acquisition of parts of their land for the Taylor Creek location A& B.

This was contained in a statement signed by the secretary family members, Mr Ukari Francis Theophilus.

He said Agip Oli Company acquired part of their lands in 1984 for the purpose of oil exploration activities, but failed to pay compensation to the affected families.

In a letter dated December 13th, 2017, which was sent to the General Manager of Agip oil company by the community through their lawyer, B.U Ekwugha & Co Egberiwari and Opoti families are demanding from Agip oil company the sum of six billion, one hundred and twelve million Naira only for the acquisition, damages/compensation and other sundry damages for Taylor Creek location A&B.

The letter with its title, “Demand for Damages/ Compensation For Taylor Creek Location A & B, Re: Suit No . SC. 243/2001 ORS Vs Chief Belli Barakuro & ORS, advisedĀ Agip oil company to pay the compensation and avoid unnecessary dispute that may likely return their company to court.

The family, however, issued an ultimatum of seven days to Agip oil company and begin negotiations with them before their activities are being obstructed through legal processes.

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