Victims of the oil spill that destroyed farmland and economic trees in Gokana Local Government of Rivers State have sought redress through the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.
A spokesman of the community, Paul Kpakol, a farmer said the spill which emanated from the Nkpolu-Bomu manifold Trans-Niger pipeline is owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
Correspondent reports that the victims drawn from seventeen families in Beera are suing for compensation following what they described as neglect by the company.
As early as seven o’clock this morning, a large number of people from Beera were at the court premises following the legal action instituted against the company over the spill that has denied the community of their major source of livelihood since the 5th of May this year.
According to Paul Kpakol, eighty five thousand four hundred and four square metres of farmland were affected by the spill which has created psychological torture, loss of farmlands, crops, economic trees as well as exposing them to health and social challenges.
They said since the incident occurred SPDC has failed to remediate the affected area hence the decision to seek legal redress and appealed to the relevant authorities to come to their aids.
Though hearing on the suit was not entertained due to the absence of the presiding judge, the lead counsel to the complainants Mr. Reuben Wanogho who was represented by Mr. Mudi Onakpoya in an interview confirmed the court action and expressed confidence in the judicial process.
Attempts to reach SPDC to confirm their side of the story proved abortive.