Shell to Pay $111 Million Over 1970 Spill in Nigeria

Oil company Shell agreed to pay $111.68 million a community in southern Nigeria to settle a dispute over an oil spill that took place decades ago.

Shell will pay the Ejama-Ebubu community the “full and final settlement” to end a long-running legal battle over a spill during the 1967-1970 Biafran War, a local spokesperson for the company’s Nigerian unit said.

Lucius Nwosa, a lawyer representing the community, told AFP News that the move was “a vindication of the resoluteness of the community for justice.”

Shell “ran out of tricks and decided to come to terms,” Nwosa also said.

According to AFP News, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People described the decision as “a confirmation of the issues we have raised about Shell’s environmental devastation of Ogoni and the need for a proper remediation of the land.”

In a statement, Shell maintained that third parties caused the oil spills and that it had fully remediated the affected sites in the community.

The case was first launched in 1991.

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