The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, has adjourned till June 5, 2017, to hear the appeal by Chevron USA Inc. and others against Brittania-U Nigeria Limited, Vanguard reports.
Other appellants in the appeal are: BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Mr Hermant Patel and Seplat Petroleum Development Company Limited. Chevron, in the appeal filed two-and-a-half years ago, is challenging the judgment of a Federal High Court, Lagos, which assumed jurisdiction to hear a suit on the divestment of Chevron’s interest in Oil Mining Licenses 52, 53 and 55.
At the last adjourned date, Brittania-U Nigeria’s counsel, Mr. Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN, told the court about a pending application seeking to dismiss the appellants’ appeal for want of diligent prosecution. He said that the appellants filed a motion for extension of time to compile and transmit records of appeal and abandoned same.
Owonikoko said his client had filed an application to dismiss the appeal because of the appellants’ delay in prosecuting the appeal. The court awarded N20,000 cost to Brittania-U after Owonikoko withdrew the motion to dismiss the appeal after the appellants’ counsel said the record of appeal had been compiled and transmitted.