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Nigeria Wins P&ID Case In UK Court

Nigeria Wins P&ID Case In UK Court
Nigeria Wins P&ID Case In UK Court

Justice Robin Knowles of the Commercial Courts of England and Wales has ruled in favour of Nigeria in the enforcement of a $11bn Process & Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) arbitration awards, Channels Television reports.

With the judgement handed down physically in open court, and electronically by email to the parties on Monday, Nigeria succeeded in stopping the enforcement of the awards which was initially in favour of P&ID.

According to the judge, the awards against Nigeria by the company was obtained by fraud.

“In the circumstances and for the reasons I have sought to describe and explain, Nigeria succeeds on its challenge under section 68. I have not accepted all of Nigeria’s allegations. But the Awards were obtained by fraud and the Awards were and the way in which they were procured was contrary to public policy,” Justice Knowles ruled.

In January 2017, a private arbitration tribunal ordered Nigeria to pay $6.6bn to P&ID with interest starting from Mary 2013. Before the verdict, the interest fixed at seven percent ($1m daily) had accumulated to over $11bn.

Furthermore, the judge said, “What happened in this case is very serious indeed, and it is important that section 68 has been available to maintain the rule of law.
576. Section 68 (3) provides:

“(3) If there is shown to be serious irregularity affecting the tribunal, the
proceedings or the award, the court may—

“(a) remit the award to the tribunal, in whole or in part, for reconsideration,

“(b) set the award aside in whole or in part, or

“(c) declare the award to be of no effect, in whole or in part.

“The court shall not exercise its power to set aside or to declare an award to be of no effect, in whole or in part, unless it is satisfied that it would be inappropriate to remit the matters in question to the tribunal for reconsideration.

“I was asked by Lord Wolfson KC in closing that should my judgment conclude in
favour of Nigeria, as it does, to leave over the question of the order the Court should make so that the parties have the opportunity to present argument once they have considered the judgment. I respect that request and will hear that argument as soon as that can be arranged.”

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