The Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF) has expressed satisfaction with the judgement of the Federal High Court, which ordered multinational oil giant, Shell, to pay the sum of N45.9 billion to the people.
Hon Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had, on Wednesday, ordered Shell to pay the sum to the people of Ejamah community, Eleme local government area, as compensation for damages caused by oil spill some decades ago.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP Weekend in Port Harcourt yesterday, OYF President-General, Legborsi Yamaabana, said the judgement was a pointer that Shell was really on trial.
Yamaabana said: “We are very satisfied that the court has compelled Shell to pay the people of Ejamah community, Eleme local government area, the sum of 45 billion dollars as compensation for damage done to the environment. This was the potency of the message of Ken Saro-wiwa.
“And this is a pointer to the fact that Shell is on trial, as stated by Ken Saro-wiwa before he was executed together with his colleagues.
“So for us, as Ogoni youths, we are fully satisfied with the judgement and we urge shell to, within 21 days, as pronounced by the court, release the said money to the community, otherwise we’ll be forced to embark on other necessary action.”