The Managing Director of the Nigeria Shell company alongside two others may soon become an ex-convict following a recent court order
Mr. Osagie Okubor who is the MD at Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria has been sentenced to three months in prison with hard labour alongside with two others by a Port Harcourt High Court. Others also sentenced to three months in prison with hard labour in contempt proceedings include Nike Oyinlola, Shell’s secretary and head of legal, and t’Keibi Atemie, deputy country head of legal/managing counsel global litigation sub-Sahara Africa.
The Court presiding Judge, George Omeriji while delivering judgment in suit No: PHC/1929/218, convicted the Shell officials for disobeying a court order of Justice Margaret Opara of the Rivers State High Court in 2008, asking Shell to forfeit the land where the Bonny Crude Oil Terminal is located. She has furthe requested the Nigeria Police Force other law enforcement to effect immediate arrest of the aforementioned Shell officials who were absent in court and send them to prison without any interruption.
Okunbor who have sometimes worked in the Hague, Netherlands for Shell as Senior Advisor, have been a MD at The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria since March 1, 2015 until now which could be the end of holding such position following the court order. The Sentenced Shell boss is currently the Chairman of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce.