OML29: Court Adjourns To February 2021 On Aiteo, Bayelsa Communities Case
The Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has adjourned to February 25, 2021 on the case between OML29 host communities and Aiteo Exploration and Production Company Limited, on the adverse impact of oil exploration on them.
The adjournment, according to the presiding judge, Justice Abimbola Awogboro, is to await the ruling of the Court of Appeal, on an interlocutory appeal by a subsidiary of Aiteo in the suit.
Awogboro had in March 2020 declined to halt proceedings in the ongoing litigation by OML29 communities, while Aiteo had approached the court of Appeal in Port Harcourt and applied for a stay proceedings pending the determination of the appeal.
The adjournment followed arguments by counsels to Aiteo and Nembe communities on the court’s competence to entertain the case while an appeal to its earlier decisIon.
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