Oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Ltd has been told to pay N5bn in damages by the Sukuna community in Ilaje local government area of Ondo State following the Ojumole oil well fire or face a potential law suit.

The company announced on July 1 that it had put out the fire, more than 74 days after its onset.

But in a petition dated 30th July, 2019, the community blamed the company for the spread of the fire, saying the community had yet to fully recover from the incident which occurred on April 18.

The community addressed its petition through its lawyer, Ige Asemudara, to the Managing Director of Chevron, Jeffrey Ewing.

Among the list of demands, the community also requested a medical check-up of all residents in the community, to be sponsored by the company.

Furthermore, the community called for a thorough clean up of all areas affected by the fire.

Asemudara said the community would sue on grounds of negligence, saying it had made repeated attempts in the past to communicate with the oil company regarding their concerns, all to no avail.

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