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Egbema Voice of Freedom et al vs Eni

Case overview

Date filed 15 December 2017
Current status Filed
Issue Eni's impacts on the Aggah Community in Nigeria
Summary of the case On 15 December 2017, Egbema Voice of Freedom (EVF), an association of residents of Aggah Community in Rivers State, Nigeria, filed a complaint with its legal representatives Chima Williams & Associates (CWA), a public interest law firm, and Advocates for Community Alternatives (ACA), a non-profit organisation, to the Italian and Dutch NCPs regarding Eni. The Aggah Community is adjacent to and overlaps with the Mgbede oil field, which is operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Eni S.p.A and its Dutch subsidiary, Eni International BV. For over four decades, Eni has been causing annual flooding in the Aggah village, violating the Guidelines and devastating people’s health, property and livelihoods due to the elevated roadways and embankments the company built in order to drill for oil, which block the natural streams that used to flow through the village and floods both residential areas and farmland. Based on an impact assessment report, carried out by the complaints, they have found that nearly all households in Aggah have lost agricultural products, while more than 65% of households have suffered physical injuries as a result to the flooding.

The complainants are seeking mediation from the Italian and Dutch NCPs, in effort to get Eni to take responsibility to end the floods suffered, while also compensating and assisting the Aggah residents whose rights have been violated.
Developments/Outcome
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Human rights, Multiple NCPs

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Italy
NCP address Via Molise 2 I-00187 Rome, Italy
NCP website www.pcnitalia.it
Other NCPs involved

Complainants

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible ENI
Company address Piazzale Mattei 1
00144 Rome
Italy
Company website http://www.eni.it/eniit/eni/home.do?mncommand=home&lang=en
Company in violation
Country of operations Nigeria
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
15 December 2017 Egbema Voice of Freedom press release Press release regarding complaint filed with Italian and Dutch NCPs download pdf (408Kb)  
15 December 2017 Egbema Voice of Freedom report Impact assessment report filed with the complaint download pdf (452Kb)  
15 December 2017 Egbema Voice of Freedom file Complaint filed with the Italian and Dutch NCPs  

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