NIGERIA: Shell, Bayelsa community at loggerheads

Shell Petroleum Development CompanyTROUBLE is brewing between Shell Petroleum Development Company and Kou clan Cluster Development Board, in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, headed by Mr. Osteen Igbapike, over a purported plan by the company to dissolve the board against the provisions of the Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU, entered into by both parties.

Counsel to Igbapike-led board, Mr. Larry Ovwromoh, in a letter to the Commissioner for Energy, Bayelsa State, Mr. Francis Ikio, urged him to resist the subtle move by Shell officials, as the matter was already in court.

He said, “As you well know, there is a pending case at a Bayselsa State High Court sitting in Yanegoa, in which your office and Mr. Evans Krukrubo are parties in the matter of dissolution of Kou Cluster Development Board.

“Note that there is also a pending motion for interlocutory injunction to restrain the dissolution of the said board for which a hearing notice had not been issued as the case was adjourned till February 27, 2013. In the circumstances, the attempt by Mr. Krukrubo, who is the 3rd defendant in the said case, to seek to dissolve the board through your humble self amounts to interfering with the judicial process and an attempt to prejudge the outcome of the case.”

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