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Senate Summons SPDC For Purported Contract Violation

ABUJA- The Shell Petroleum Development Company’s management has received criticism from the Senate over an alleged breach of contract between the oil company and Messrs. Omire and Associates.
Senator Ayo Akinyelure, PDP, Ondo Central, chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions, spoke yesterday in Abuja
According to Akinyelure, the summons was in response to a petition filed with the Senate by Mr. K.K. Peters, an attorney for Messrs. Omire and Associates, who claimed that the multinational oil corporation had refused to pay his client’s service charge for contractual obligations related to the contracts NGO1001316 (A28) and NGO1003128 (A29) that had been granted to his client in 2008.
Akinyelure stated that the SPDC claimed to have obtained a court order prohibiting the National Assembly from hearing the case, noting that the SPDC’s attorneys had stated the case was in court and they would not come before the Senate panel.
Akinyelure declared, “We thus rule that the Committee shall have access to the court documents by Friday (tomorrow). The judgment’s content is something we wish to see.
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“Earlier, a court had ordered SPDC to reimburse the man after ruling against it. They had been avoiding the dude ever since. We are also looking into the SPDC attorneys’ assertions that the man had signed the requisite papers to accept the settlement. The SPDC management needs to arrive for this reason.
“They said the petitioner had consented to receive $11, 800 and N1.06m as a complete and final settlement.
“The petitioner disowned the settlement agreement when the SPDC lawyers placed it before us, saying that his signature was forged.”
Additionally, the petitioners claimed that the SPDC underpaid their client for three years by changing their payments from dollars to naira and that all requests for payment to the company were ignored.
Mr. K.K. Peters asked the Senate to look into the situation and order SPDC to do things like pay his client N335,070,000 and $5,942,000, which is what the contract has cost since 2009, among other things.
On October 18, 2022, the petitioner’s and SPDC’s attorneys were requested to appear before the Committee.
Due to the absence of SPDC, the lawyer was present but did not give a presentation. Following that, both sides were again invited to appear before the Committee yesterday, but only the attorney showed up.
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