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SC adjourns hearing on Brittania-U, Chevron suit to May 18

The  Supreme  Court  on Monday  could not hear  the appeal in the case  involving  Brittania-U Nigeria Limited and  Chevron  Nigeria Limited, as the apex court stated  that  the  appeal cannot be heard when the  issue in litigation before the court had allegedly been disposed  off by the  respondent during the pendency of the appeal, This Day reports.

When the case was called, counsel to all the parties were   in court but the main appeal was not heard  because of the alleged developments after the last adjourned date, which was February 24, 2015.

Rickey Tarfa (SAN), the appellant’s (Brittania U) counsel informed  the court that they were  compelled to file a motion on  March 19, 2015 for a mandatory restorative order to reverse  overreaching  steps  allegedly  taken by   Chevron and Seplat  to get the  Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke   to  consent  to the  divestment  of  Chevron’s 40 per cent interest in Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 53 and 55 , despite  the appeal that was pending in court.

The court after going through the motion decided that the appeal would be stepped down until the court disposes of the motion seeking mandatory restorative orders sought by the appellant.

At this stage, the respondent’s (Chevron) counsel, Uche Nwokedi (SAN) said they were served with further affidavits in respect of the mandatory restorative orders on March 20, 2015 and that they needed time to respond to them. The court granted the respondents 10 days to file their counter affidavits to the appellant’s motion for mandatory restorative order and further affidavits in support.

The court also ordered parties to file and exchange written addresses within 14 days intervals in respect of the motion and adjourned hearing to May 18, 2015.

Source: Energy Mix

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