Appeal Court fixes Sept 12 for hearing in Chevron v Brittania-U appeal

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A Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, last week, adjourned till September 12, the hearing in the substantive appeal by Chevron USA Inc., and others against Brittania-U Nigeria Limited, challenging the judgment of a Lagos Federal High Court, which assumed jurisdiction to entertain a suit on the divestment of Chevron’s interest in Oil Mining Licenses 52, 53 and 55, Vanguard reports.

When the matter came up, last week, counsel to Chevron and BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Ashimiyu Ayodeji, told the court about an application for stay of proceedings filed on May 28, 2014. He said the appeal had been given a date for hearing when the court directed that all appeals should come up on the same date for hearing. Also, Mrs. Christiana Unaegbunam, counsel to the 4th respondent, withdrew an application seeking the consolidation of appeals.

Thereafter, Mrs. Unaegbunam and the lawyer representing Chevron USA Inc., Mr. Abba Etuwewe, told the court of their pending application seeking for extension of time to file their briefs of arguments. While Mrs. Unaegbunam’s application was filed on May 31, 2017, Mr. Etuwewe’s application was filed on May 19, 2017. The court granted both applications, after it was not opposed.