FG seeks amendment of $406.8m suit against Shell

For the second time, the Federal Government, Monday sought for an amendment of a $406.8 million suit it filed against Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd and its subsidiary, Shell Western Supply & Trading Limited over alleged crude oil theft at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

In the suit marked FHC/L/CS/336/16, being handled by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, the Federal Government through its lawyer, Prof. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), is claiming the sum of $406.8 million from the defendants, representing the shortfall of money paid into its account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The money was said to be for crude oil lifted between 2013 and 2014.

At Monday’s proceedings, FG’s lawyer, Ituah Imhanze, informed the court of an application to amend the plaintiff’s statement of claim.

He urged the court to grant the application to allow the plaintiff tidy up its pleadings.

This application for amendment was not opposed to by the defence.

Justice Olatoregun while granting the application noted that there had been no remarkable progress in the suit since it was filed other than amendments.

She also directed the service of all amended processes on the defence.

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