Court dismisses N7b suit against Mobil
A Federal High Court in Rivers State has struck out a N7billion suit filed against Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) by Alabo Tolofari and others.
The claimants sued the firm, seeking compensation for pipeline leakages and spills from Mobil’s oil pipelines, which allegedly polluted and devastated the plaintiffs’ land.
But in a preliminary objection by Mobil’s counsel, Dr. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), the firm prayed the court to strike out the suit for incompetence.
Ajogwu argued that the plaintiffs’ action was not in compliance with the provisions of the Rules of Court and that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Justice Lambo Akanbi agreed with Mobil’s arguments and struck out the suit for incompetence and lack of jurisdiction.