Alleged Crude Oil Theft: Judge Sad over Plaintiff Delay Tactics

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, has expressed sadness over the unseriousness of the plaintiff in the $406.7m suit instituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria against Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd, over allegation of crude oil theft.
When the case came up on Wednesday, the Judge advised the lawyer to show more seriousness in the matter.
The suit marked FHC/L/CS/336/16, which was filed by lawyer to the FGN,Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), has as defendants, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited and its subsidiary, Shell Western Supply & Trading Limited.
During hearing on the case on Wednesday, the plaintiff’s counsel, Charles Nwabulu intimated the court of his application for the amendment of his pleadings.
Nwabulu further requested for the permission of the court to effect a withdrawal of an earlier application he had filed and put in the new application.
However, Justice Olatoregun rebuked Nwabulu, advising to show element of seriousness in handling the case.
The Judge, while awarding a cost to the tune of N100,000 against the plaintiff, said: you have been so unserious in this case and still have the guts to open your mouth when I am talking; I will adjourn this case for trial.”
The case was consequently adjourned till March 20.

Author: News Editor

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