Published on Jan 31, 2013
It was a long-awaited verdict and a mixed result for most Nigerians – Shell was found responsible for pollution in only one of the five individual cases. In the village of Ikot Ada Udo in Akwa Ibom State, the court ruled that Shell could have done more to protect its pipeline from sabotage and it must pay compensation for the damages. In the other four areas, the pollution was found to be caused by sabotage specifically saying Shell could not be held liable for it – a partial victory for the plaintiff and a measure of relief for Shell. Al Jazeera’s Simon McGregor-Wood reports from the Hague.