Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the National Human Rights Commission to suspend its ongoing investigation into oil spillage and pollution in the country.

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According to the court, the suspension is pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola gave the order when he ruled in an ex-parte motion filed by the National Petroleum Development Corporation.

In February, the NHRC set up a panel to look into oil spills and pollution in the country. This came following sustained petitions to the commission on oil spills.

Suspension to allow court attend to issues

The NPDC is seeking judicial review of some actions of the NHRC.

Ademola said the suspension would afford the court to attend to the issues raised by the NPDC.

The court also asked NPDC to enter into an undertaking to compensate the NHRC if the order was wrongly made.

NHRC accused

Counsel to the NPDC Ayotunde Ogunleye said the NHRC was investigating and taking steps that were considered “quasi judicial” on oil spillage in the country.

Ogunleye then told the court that his client believed the issues relating to oil spillage were within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court.

The Judge fixed November 14 for both parties to appear in court and make their cases.