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Ken Saro-Wiwa 20th Anniversary Commemoration

Afri organised a protest at Shell HQ in Dublin on Nov. 10th to mark the 20th anniversary of the execution of the Ogoni 9. The execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and his colleagues was carried out by the Nigerian military dictatorship with the collusion of Shell. Shell’s disregard for human rights and the environment continues […]

Shell Forced to Scale Back Ambitions

By James Stafford: Thu, 26 November 2015 As with most oil companies, 2015 has been a rough year for Royal Dutch Shell. The Anglo-Dutch company reported a third quarter loss of $6 billion, which included $7.9 billion in impairment charges. During its third quarter earnings call, Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden summed up the company’s strategy, […]

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Extra Judicial Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa & all the Ogoni 9

10 Nov 2015, Dublin Ireland Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside “Corrib House:” Shell’s Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. […]

Shell must pay full cost of Saro-Wiwa’s murder, polluting Ogoniland, activists demand

November 11, 2015: Ben Ezeamalu A coalition of civil societies have demanded that Shell be made to pay “the full cost” for the murder of the Ogoni playwright and activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight others and the pollution of Ogoniland. At a joint press conference in Port Harcourt, Tuesday, the Social Action, Ogoni Solidarity Forum, Movement […]

Nigeria oil pollution still menaces 20 years after activist’s hanging, Shell cleanup vows

WARRI, NIGERIA – Twenty years after a Nigerian military dictatorship hanged activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, his Niger Delta homeland remains blighted by oil pollution. Thousands of lives have been wrecked, according to Amnesty International, as oil slicks killed the fish, crude-crusted soil stunted crops and oil flare-ups polluted lungs. Gen. Sani Abacha’s regime hanged Saro-Wiwa, 54, […]

Ken Saro-Wiwa’s widow talks about execution 20 years on

By Yvonne Ndege | Al Jazeera  A memorial march is due to be held in Nigeria for a champion of the environment who confronted one of the world’s biggest oil companies – and was then hanged. It is the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa, who campaigned against oil pollution in the […]

Nigerian Probes Uncover $12bn Oil Fraud

In 2012, the Senate investigated the contentious Malabu Oil Field transaction. The Upper House re-opened investigation into an allegation of $1.1 billion round-tripping involving the federal government and two international oil companies – Shell and Eni (Agip) – over the sale of a contentious OPL 245 oil block. BY EDEGBE ODEMWINGIE AND BODE GBADEBO: Nov 10, […]

Shell haunted by Ken Saro Wiwa legacy as Niger Delta communities demand justice

10 November 2015 Today marks the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders, hanged by the Nigerian state after they spoke out against the government and campaigned against Shell’s operations in Nigeria’s Ogoniland. Their executions sparked a global outcry. It’s a fitting moment to take stock of the […]

Anger over enduring ‘environmental horror’ in oil-rich, polluted Niger delta

Activists in Port Harcourt, Nigeria protest to demand that Shell pay reparations and clean up its oil spills. © Amnesty International John Vidal read more

Protest threatened over memorial 20 years after Ken Saro-Wiwa execution

Twenty years after ‘judicial murder’, Nigeria’s Ogoni people highlight international storm over oil spillage pollution John Vidal: Saturday 7 November 2015 Leaders of Nigeria’s Ogoni people have threatened to disrupt the country’s oil industry if the government does not release a British artwork commemorating the 20th anniversary of the execution of the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. […]

How a poor Nigerian town got Shell to pay for major oil spills

JESSE WINTER: November 6, 2015 For decades, poor residents of the oil-rich Niger Delta have fought the pollution of their lands with little success. Now, writes Jesse Winter, a town ravaged by oil spills has changed the game with a historic court victory against Shell. The Yamaha outboard coughs indignantly but refuses to catch. John Agava […]

Niger Delta: Shell’s manifestly false claims about oil pollution exposed, again

3 November 2015, 00:08 UTC Claims by oil giant Shell that it has cleaned up heavily polluted areas of the Niger Delta are blatantly false, Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) said in a new report published today. Clean it up: Shell’s false claims about oil spills in the […]

Shell Fails to Clean Four Nigeria Oil Spill Sites, Amnesty Says

Abandoned fishing boats in Ogoniland Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images Chris Kay: November 3, 2015: Nigerian regulator incorrectly said spill sites clean Shell says oil theft, illegal refining a persistent challenge Royal Dutch Shell Plc has failed to clean up four oil-spill sites in the crude-producing Niger River delta, three of which an under-resourced […]

Amnesty report accuses Shell of failing to clean up Niger delta oil spills

John Vidal: Tuesday 3 November 2015 00.01 GMT read more

Kola Aluko reveals why he paid rent for ex-minister’s mother

Alison-Madueke was detained in London on October 2, 2015, by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) over allegations that she laundered billions of dollars from her country’s treasury. Nigerian oil tycoon, Kola Aluko has admitted paying rent for Mrs Beatrice Agama, the mother of former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Alison-Madueke was detained in London […]

Fugitive Oil Tycoon Kola Aluko Admits Paying UK Rent For Alison-Madueke’s Mother

BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK: NOV 01, 2015 Kola Aluko, a Nigerian oil magnate now wanted in the UK for money laundering, has admitted that he paid rent for a high-end apartment for the mother of a former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Mr. Aluko told the British Sunday Times newspaper that he was responsible for […]

New Report Blames Shell, Exposes Failure to Clean Niger-Delta Oil Spills

By Senator Iroegbu: 29 October 2015 The Amnesty International (AI) and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) will launch a new report exposing what it described as Shell’s blatantly false statements about its efforts to clean up oil spills in the Niger Delta next week. The Press Officer, AI Nigeria, Mr. Eulette […]

Oil Spill: Ilaje Coastal Communities Demand Compensation from Shell

22 October 2015 The Ilaje coastal communities in Ondo state have alleged that oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) allegedly excluded them from the ongoing discussions and compensation agreement it reached with the communities that were affected in the oil spill from the Bonga oil field in 2011. They have therefore appealed to President, […]

South Africa: Shell Gets Nod to Drill Wells in SA’s Orange Basin

By Siseko Njobeni: 19 October 2015 The Department of Environmental Affairs has issued an environmental authorisation for Shell South Africa Upstream B V’s proposed exploration drilling in the Orange Basin Deep Water Licence Area, off South Africa’s west coast. This gives Shell permission to drill up to two offshore exploration wells in the northern portion […]

Western oil groups warn Nigeria against overhaul of contracts

Western oil executives are warning Nigeria against major changes to commercial contracts that could lead to the government taking a bigger share of revenues from the country’s deepwater fields, FT reports. The decision – which the government says will affect Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Eni (NYSE:E) and others “in […]

Militants attack Shell Nigeria flow station, kill guard, company says

Published October 11, 2015: Associated Press WARRI, Nigeria –  Shell Nigeria says armed militants attacked an oil flow station in the southern Delta and killed a guard, amid fears of a renewed crisis as the country grapples with halved petroleum prices. Militant demands have been increasing and range from regional autonomy to a bigger share of […]

Gunmen Kill Oil Worker On Royal Dutch Shell Facility In Bayelsa

BY PM NEWS, LAGOS: OCT 09, 2015 Unidentified gunmen on Friday killed an oil worker at the Kolo Creek Oilfields operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa. It was gathered that the sound of the gunshots fired by the gunmen alerted armed security team stationed to guard the oil […]

Alison-Madueke family reacts, says Diezani was never arrested

October 09, 2015 * Says she completed months of cancer chemotherapy in London, to undergo surgery next week * Urges Nigerians to pray for her recovery to face allegations, give stewardship account Following the ongoing travails of Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, over allegations of money laundering and bribery brought against her […]

Shell asks shippers exporting Nigerian oil to sign NNPC guarantee

Fri Oct 9, 2015 LONDON Oct 9 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has asked ship owners exporting its Nigerian oil to sign a “letter of comfort” (LoC) to guarantee that its oil is not stolen, an email from the company seen by Reuters showed. “Please be informed we expect LPG & Products ship owners to […]

Diezani In London By Michael Egbejumi-David

…just last Friday, the ex-minister was collared in London along with four other people.  They were all charged with bribery, corruption and money laundering.  Already, money is being taken off her. BY MICHAEL EGBEJUMI-DAVID: OCT 06, 2015 I have met the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke before.  It was about three years ago in […]

How Nigeria’s Ex-Minister Of Petroleum Madueke Laundered Looted Money, Her Accomplices Revealed

…another avenue of money laundering by the former minister was the controversial Malabu deal in which she, former Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, and President Goodluck Jonathan may have pocketed close to $2 billion between them. Charing Cross Police Station in London where former Shell Executive Director and subsequently Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani […]

Shell Starts Nigeria Offshore Expansion of Up to 50,000 Barrels

Rakteem Katakey: 5 Oct 2015 Bonga phase 3 oil passes through floating production facility Shell has 55% of Bonga, Exxon 20%, Total, Agip 12.5% each Royal Dutch Shell Plc expanded oil production off Nigeria’s coast by starting the third phase of its Bonga field.  That phase has a peak production capacity of about 50,000 […]

Nigeria’s ex-oil minister ‘arrested in London’

…one of five people as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering. $20bn of oil money had gone missing… 2 Oct 2015 Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been arrested in London, her family has said. She is believed to be one of five people the UK National Crime Agency said […]

Cash-strapped Nigeria to renegotiate contracts with oil majors

By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor: Sept 16, 2015 Nigeria’s state oil company says it plans to renegotiate production sharing agreements with oil majors including Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Eni (NYSE:E), as the country has been hit hard by the plunge in global oil prices. “Some of the […]

Outspoken articles about Shell

Outspoken articles about Shell 2015 HERE FIRST TEN DAYS AGO: Lorraine Mitchelmore Fired: 17 November 2015 Shell/Exxon NAM JV cuts 2000 jobs due to low oil price and liability for Dutch earthquakes: 19 Sept 2015 I WARNED WIKIPEDIA YEARS AGO THAT ALIAS EDITING WOULD RESULT IN SCANDAL: 7 Sept 2015 OSSL Whistleblower Email Sent to […]

Why Shell Announced Force Majeure On Nigerian Bonny Crude Export

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Aug 28, 2015 On Thursday, August 27, Royal Dutch Shell plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) Nigerian unit closed down its two crude pipeline and declared “force majeure” on export of Bonny Light crude, as reported by Reuters. The Hague-based company closed the Trans Niger Pipeline at Oloma because of a leakage in the pipeline. The […]

Shell denies greasing ANC palms

By Tony Carnie: 20 August 2015 Durban – Oil giant Shell has denied suggestions that it exercises “improper influence” over government officials or makes financial payments to the ANC to pave the way for shale gas fracking. The company’s local subsidiary, Shell South Africa, was responding on Wednesday to fears raised by local anti-fracking groups […]

New head of Nigeria’s state oil company sacks top management

By Julia Payne Aug 5 (Reuters) – The new head of Nigeria’s state oil firm dismissed senior managers after a government directive, the company said on Wednesday, barely a day after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as managing director. “All of the executive directors were let go … Buhari wanted a clean slate,” one of […]

Nigerian government finally sets up fund to clean up Ogoniland oil spills

John Vidal: Friday 7 August 2015  The long-delayed $1bn clean-up of heavily oil-contaminated Ogoniland in the Niger delta has moved closer with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari setting up a restoration fund four years after a damning UN report advised the government and oil industry to act urgently. But a spokesman for Shell, which discovered oil in […]

Shell Begins The Recovery Of Spilled Crude At Adibawa Oil Fields

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK: AUG 06, 2015 After weeks of prolonged rift with host communities and the resulting degradation of the environment, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has commenced the recovery of spilled crude from its Adibawa oil fields. Mr. Sunny Jacob Ubele, the traditional ruler of Edagberi community, said on Thursday […]

Shell given OK to take 21 days to cap a deep well oil blowout off N.S. coast

By Zachary Markan, CBC News Posted: Aug 05, 2015 Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has signed off on Shell Canada’s plan for dealing with a potential deep-well blowout on the Shelburne Basin. Under its Well Containment Plan, Shell says it can have a primary capping stack in place within 12 to 21 days after a blowout. […]

Bayelsa community accuses Shell of abandoning oil spill

19 July 2015 The residents of Oruma–Yibama, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa, have alleged that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is yet to clean up an oil spill that occurred in the area on June 2. The Chairman of Oruma-Yibama Community Development Committee, Eliot Igbigikeme, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of […]

ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court

ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court In the interim, in 2010, the Supreme Court restricted the types of claims that could be heard under the Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case involving allegations of human rights abuses by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria. WASHINGTON, […]

Shell Kicks off Grassroots Campaign against Crude Oil Theft in Ogoniland

6 July 2015 The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has kicked off the second phase of its grassroots campaign against crude oil theft and illegal oil refining activities in Ogoni land, Rivers State. The first phase of the campaign in 2014 reached over 7,000 community people from Eleme, Gokana, Khana, and Tai […]

EFCC quizzes former minister, Etete, over alleged oil deal

EFCC quizzes former minister, Etete, over OPL 245 oil deal By Abosede Musari, Abuja on June 29, 2015 FORMER Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete, was yesterday quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in continuation of an investigation that had been stalled for several years. A source told The Guardian that the former […]

Shell’s Secret Sale of Oil, Gas Reserves In Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Shell’s Secret Sale of Oil, Gas Reserves In Bayelsa State, Nigeria “We just woke up one morning and started reading in the newspapers and the electronic media that our oil fields have been sold by Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) and acquired by an unknown company – Aiteo Eastern Exploration and production company limited…” […]

Ijaw Communities Head to S’Court Over $1.5 bn Oil Spillage Suit

14 June 2015 Leaders of an Ijaw communities in Bayelsa state have headed to the Supreme Court over the $1.5b oil spillage and environmental degradation suit against Shell Petroleum Development of Nigeria, which was struck out by the Federal Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The leader of the Ijaw group, Mr. Pere Ajuwa,  […]

Nigerian auditors find NNPC failed to remit $11.6 bil in LNG export revenue

Nigerian auditors find NNPC failed to remit $11.6 bil in LNG export revenue NNPC holds 49% equity in NLNG on behalf of the Nigerian government, with partners Shell (25.6%), Total (15%) and ENI (10.4%.) 11 June 2015 State-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has not remitted $11.6 billion in dividends and loan and interest repayments earned […]

Oil Spillage: Nigerian High Court Orders Shell to Pay N30m

6 June 2015 Oil Spillage: S-Court Orders Shell to Pay N30m to Four Communities The Supreme Court, yesterday, ordered Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited to pay the sum of N30,288,681 to four communities in Delta State. The apex court found the company culpable for the oil spillage that adversely affected the communities about […]

Article about Corruption including Investigation into ENI Corruption in Nigeria

Centre for Public Integrity: 11 MAY 2015 EXTRACT FROM: Fighting Corruption in Mozambique’s Extractive Sector – Can Foreign Laws Work Where Mozambique’s Laws Fail? SECTION: Investigation into ENI Corruption in Nigeria The CEO of the Italian oil company ENI and one of his top lieutenants are currently under investigation for international bribery over the company’s acquisition […]

Fuel crisis worsens Nigeria’s power problems


Sultan of Oman Spying On Shell Oil Oman

20 May 2015 at 11:42, Alastair Sloan Spy-tech firms Gamma and Trovicor target Shell Oil in Oman Extracts The Sultan of Oman’s intelligence services are spying on the local operations of British oil company Shell with the aid of controversial European tech companies, the Register has learned. Documents seen by el Reg reveal that the […]

Shell to Add Firepower to BG Assets in East Africa LNG Race

Article by Paul Burkhardt published 12 May 2015 by Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s $70 billion takeover of BG Group Plc will put Europe’s largest energy company in the middle of East Africa’s race to export natural gas and is set to boost the chances of Tanzania becoming a major supplier. The acquisition would include stakes in […]

Shell agrees to start cleaning polluted area

Under a compensation deal hammered out in London in January, Shell’s Nigerian arm agreed to pay $55m to people in Bodo following a three-year legal battle over the 2008 spills that devastated their environment. 3 May 2015 Lagos – Shell has agreed with Nigerian fishing community of Bodo in the Niger Delta to start the […]

Nigeria: Shell Rules Out Divestment in Nigeria, Others This Year

Article by Daniel Adugbo published 1 May 2015 by Shell Rules Out Divestment in Nigeria, Others This Year Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday it had reduced its expected 2015 capital expenditure (capex) to $33 billion from $35 billion as the company continues to adjust its business to the lower oil-price. Releasing its first-quarter results […]