Court refuses to stay hearing on N5bn suit against Total Oil

FRANCE TOTAL UTS ENERGY10 February 2014, Lagos—The National Industrial Court, NIC,  has refused an application filed by Total E&P Nigeria Limited, TEPNG, asking the court to stay proceedings  in the N5 billion suit instituted by a former staff, Aralu Steve against the oil company.

Aralu worked with Total for about 11 years and was injured in a major work place accident in 2011 which rendered him unemployable.

Ruling on the application, Justice Oyeyoju Oyewunmi held the oil company failed to comply with the Rules of the court which require Total to transmit records of proceedings to the Court of Appeal before seeking for stay.

The court also held that to grant stay of proceedings would do more harm than good considering the health of the claimant, (Steve Aralu).

Justice Oyewunmi, however, granted the request of the claimant asking the court for accelerated hearing of the suit.

The court thereafter adjourned the suit till April 2 and 3 for definite hearing of the suit.

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