By John Donovan
A guest on our Live Chat facility posted comments today painting a one sided picture of a benevolent Shell which bears no responsibility for the corruption in Nigeria.
It is therefore timely to remind readers about matters of which Guest 3487 was either ignorant, or conveniently neglected to mention.
ON-GOING OGONI U.S. CLASS ACTION AGAINST SHELL
There is on-going litigation in the U.S.A. involving extremely serious allegations against Shell.
The following are extracts from an article in the Daily Mail.
The lawsuit claims that Shell ‘engaged in militarised commerce in a conspiracy with the former military government of Nigeria.’ Watts ran the oil giant’s Nigerian SDPC subsidiary between 1991 and 1994.
The action alleges that the Ogonis suffered human rights abuses at the hands of the Nigerian government. Hundreds of people died and thousands more were evicted from their homes in a bloody campaign.
Letters bearing Watts’ signature have him ordering what are called ‘spy police,’ some to be equipped with semi-automatic weapons and wearing Shell insignia on their uniforms to identify them as ‘supernumaries’ under the oil company’s banner.
Shell’s sleazy commercial relationship with militants
Shell management in Nigeria is up to its neck in a commercial relationship with the militants attacking Shell infrastructure. We were tipped off by a Shell insider about what is going on. Our research revealed the following FT articles which confirm the basic allegations.
Shell has fuelled conflict, poverty and corruption in Nigeria
The following articles all published on 11 June 2004, reported on a confidential leaked Shell internal report (leaked to us) containing findings that Shell has “inadvertently” fed conflict, poverty and corruption through its oil activities in Nigeria.
BBC News: Shell admits fuelling corruption
CNN News: Shell admits blame in Nigeria:
The Times: Shell ‘may have to abandon Nigeria’:
Daily Telegraph: Shell advised to retreat from Nigeria:
Shell ‘may have to leave Nigeria’:
Financial Times: Violence ‘may force Shell to quit Nigeria’:
THE LEAKED SHELL CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL REPORT ON SHELL’S ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA BY WAC Global Services Dec 03: “PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE NIGER DELTA”.
The following are links to articles about Shell gas flaring in Nigeria…
Nigeria: Hofmeister – Shell Committed to Ending Gas Flaring
Nigerian Court Gives Shell One Year to Stop Gas Flaring
Communities Sue Shell to Stop Nigerian Gas Flaring
Shell’s track record in Nigeria is atrocious.