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Shell skullduggery in Nigeria

Screen Shot 2012-12-23 at 15.30.38Today The Wall Street Journal reports that “Shell Contractors” have been arrested in connection with the theft of oil. This relates to the explosion and fire earlier this week that resulted in the closure of the Trans Niger pipeline.

By John Donovan

We have been reporting for some time about Shell skullduggery in Nigeria, including:

A Guardian article confirmed from its own sources our long standing allegation that Shell has fuelled violence in Nigeria by paying rival militant gangs. These were the people attacking Shell oil pipelines thereby driving up the global oil price to Shell’s great benefit.

Today The Wall Street Journal reports that “Shell Contractors” have been arrested in connection with the theft of oil. 

This relates to the explosion and fire earlier this week that resulted in the closure of the Trans Niger pipeline.

Shell has only itself to blame for the machinations and associated 50 year plus policy of plunder, pollution and corruption that have brought about its evil track record in Nigeria, exploiting some of the most impoverished people on the planet. 

No wonder the current Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive, Peter Voser, is opting for early retirement. Perhaps it is due to his conscience.

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Shell Oil Contractors Arrested After Nigeria Oil-Theft Fire

By Benoit Faucon

June 22, 2013

LONDON–Contractors working for a Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) unit have been arrested in Nigeria as alleged accomplices in the theft of oil that led to a pipeline fire.

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RELATED

WikiLeaks: Shell’s astonishing revelations about Nigerian corruption: 25 December 2010

Shell to pay $48m Nigerian bribe fine: Daily Telegraph 4 November 2010

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These companies, including Shell, admitted they “approved of or condoned the payment of bribes on their behalf in Nigeria and falsely recorded the bribe payments made on their behalf as legitimate business expenses in their corporate books, records and accounts”.

SHELL IN BRIBERY FINE: Daily Express 6 November 2010

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Shell must pay a $30million “criminal penalty” over charges it paid $2million to a sub-contractor “with the knowledge that some or all of the money” would be used to bribe Nigerian officials to allow equipment into the country without paying duty. Shell, which has not admitted guilt, must pay a further $18million to repay profits and interests.

COMMENT POSTED ON SHELL BLOG BY BEN IKARI

As Ogoni and someone conversant with Nigerian politics, the corrupt system and how $hell has infested the country with greed, violence, bribery and corruption, killing squads and other kinds of bad and illegal behaviors, including disrespecting the host communities of oil companies. I understand the name of the so-called oil theft game and everyday pollution caused by #hell’s recklessness since 1958 to date. Maybe Londonlad and his likes will read the developing story about an arrested $hell contractor connected with the recent oil theft that led to the shutting down of the trans-Niger pipeline, which he referenced. This isn’t the first time $hell contractors and government officials, the military protecting $hell and pipelines are caught stealing Ogoni oil and from other facilities in Niger delta. $hell recruits and pays people to steal this oil it’s stopped from officially extracting since 1993. Once this lead to fire and leaks it’s $hell that will first go to the press claiming sabotage. What a shame and what a company; sadly the world keeps watching on as this criminal company mature in oil theft, lies, bribery, corruption and killing!

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