Community Carpets Chevron for Allegedly Disobeying Court Order


By Monday Osayande

The people of oil-rich Bisangbene community in Ekeremor Local Government of Bayelsa State and the management of Chevron Nigeria Limited are at loggerheads following the oil major’s refusal to obey a court judgment that restrains it from having any negotiation, interaction or meetings with the executive members of Dodo River Communities Forum on behalf of Bisangbene community.


The community is blaming Chevron for flaunting the court order, saying that as a multinational oil company of good standing in the Nigerian petroleum industry, with an apparent robust knowledge of the extant Nigerian laws and judicial system, Chevron was under obligation to abide by the order of court but not otherwise.


Speaking to journalists at a press briefing on Tuesday, Mr. Timothy Geregere, a representative of Bisangbene community, said that the court judgment was given in favour of Bisangbene community, in Suit Number EHC/11/2005; Hon. Amos Geregere Ezetu and 2 others  Vs Hon. Berry Nengerese and 5 others, on 14th February, 2006.


The High Court Judge, Justice I. Eradiri had ordered that neither Hon. Berry Nengerese nor any other person connected to the Dodo River Communities Forum has the authority of Bisangbene community to either negotiate or attend meetings or sign any Memorandum of Understanding or any other document with Chevron Nigeria Limited, or receive any accruable benefit therefrom, on behalf of Bisangbene community.