By John Donovan
We have been reporting for some time about Shell skullduggery in Nigeria, including:
- Shell’s sinister commercial relationship with militant leaders carrying out attacks against Shell employees and pipelines
- arming Nigerian police spies
- embedding Shell spies throughout the Nigerian government
- engaging in massive corruption
Our sources have included Wiki-leaks, a senior manager inside Shell Nigeria and a senior member of Shell Global Security.
Some related articles reporting on Shell’s shameful track record in Nigeria:
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NIGERIAN CORRUPTION SCANDAL
*WIKILEAKS: SHELL EMBEDDED SPIES IN NIGERIAN GOV
*Shell embedded spies in governments of Nigeria, Dubai and Iraq
*PDF ORIGINAL ARTICLE SHELL EMBEDDED SPIES IN NIGERIA
*SHELL SETTLES CLAIM FOR MURDER & TORTURE IN NIGERIA
*SHELL COMPLICITY IN NIGERIAN MURDER OF CIVILIANS
*UNLOVEABLE SHELL, THE GODDESS OF OIL
*CLEAN-UP FOR NIGER DELTA AND SHELL’S REPUTATION
*SHELL PAYS $10 MILLION CORRUPTION FINE TO NIGERIANS
*SHELL ACCEPTS LIABILITY FOR TWO OIL SPILLS IN NIGERIA
A recent Guardian article confirmed from its own sources our long standing allegation that Shell has fuelled violence in Nigeria by paying rival militant gangs.
It is interesting in the light of this confirmation to reflect on past events.
For example, an article published by Bloomberg in November 2008 under the headline:
The article mentions that “Nigerian oil production rate has suffered this year from militant attacks and oil theft“, thereby implying that the fire – the cause of which was unknown – may have resulted from sabotage by militants.
If this was the case, were the militants paid by Shell, bearing in mind that militant attacks were driving up the global price of oil, fortuitously generating billions of dollars in extra revenue for Shell?
Was Shell responsible for the deaths of its own employees?