The Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has ordered the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) to pay 15 per cent of its interest on Mgbede-5 flowline in Mgbede to Oseugboloro village in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state.
The claimants further sought the court to order Agip to pay N5,000,000.00 as exemplary damages for the use of their farmland without consent and as compensation for the pain they incurred in prosecuting the matter as well as a declaration that 21% equity of the company on the operation on the affected facility be paid per annum.
The presiding judge, Justice G.C Aguma, in his judgment on Tuesday granted all the six reliefs sought by the claimants, ordering Agip to pay the N5,000,000.00 compensation forthwith.
Aguma said the claimants were able to prove their case that the said landed property where Agip operated belonged to them, adding that the firm operated without consulting the land owners.
He ordered Agip to pay benefits accruing from the use of the landed property to the claimants only and mandated Agip to pay N5m as damages for entering the land.
Aguma further ordered Agip to pay 15 per cent interest on its operation on the flowline per annum to the family.