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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, […]

Oil tycoon faces quiz over lost billions

Article involving Diezani Alison-Madueke, former executive director of Shell in Nigeria read more

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 […]

Shell Leaves ALEC, Is Still Terrible

Shell remains one of the dirtiest, corrupt and dangerous companies ever known, and no amount of green-washing can hide that simple fact. Derrick Crowe: 27 August, 2015 Earlier this month, Royal Dutch Shell announced it would allow its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to expire. ALEC is a major force behind […]

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 […]

Shell accused of providing £25,000 in alcohol to police

Richard Hartley-Parkinson for Wednesday 22 Jul 2015 Shell has been accused of supplying £25,000 in alcohol to Irish police officers by two suppliers to an Irish gas project. Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney both claimed in court that they were told by someone from Shell E&P Ireland to buy the alcohol, according to the Irish Journal. […]

Shell asked for £25,000 worth of alcohol to be delivered to gardaí in Mayo, court told

The detailed claims were made in a Mayo court last week. TWO FORMER SUPPLIERS to the Corrib gas project told a jury they supplied £25,000-worth of alcohol to gardaí in 2007 on behalf of Shell E&P Ireland. The allegations were made by Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney, co-owners of OSSL, which had previously supplied personal […]

Men tell court they supplied alcohol to Belmullet Gardaí for Shell

EXTRACTS Under oath, Mr Neil Rooney claimed that the first delivery of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station was made in 2005, and that in 2007, he was asked by Conor Byrne, a Senior Pipeline Engineer with Shell, to make a large delivery. Mr Rooney, from Downpatrick, Co Down, said he went to the north and […]


As can be seen from the Irish Times article printed below, an Irish Shell manager was cross-examined under oath yesterday in court, about the free Shell alcohol used to reward Irish cops for their services (brutalising protesters)  By John Donovan The Irish Police (the Garda) are currently investigating allegations of harassment by recipients of bribes […]

Irish Company Freely Admits Distributing Bribes On Behalf of Shell

PHOTO CAPTION FROM RECENT IRISH TIMES ARTICLE: Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Printed below is a […]

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 […]

Eni says probe shows no Nigeria corruption

Nicolas Torres June 1, 2015 An audit didn’t uncover any evidence that Italy’s Eni made illegal payments tied to the 2011 purchase of OPL 245 license in Nigeria. The probe, conducted by a U.S. law firm on behalf of Eni, found no evidence of illegal conduct during Eni and Shell’s purchase of OPL 245 from the Nigerian government […]

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 […]

Nigeria: ENI Misled Shareholders Over Nigeria Corruption Scandal – – Global Witness

Blog by Barnaby Pace, 13 May 2015 The most senior managers at oil giant Eni appear to have misled shareholders over the company’s actions in a corrupt oil deal at its 2014 AGM. This is very important – as they gather for the 2015 meeting, shareholders in Italy’s biggest company should expect straight answers over […]

Unanswered questions on Nigeria’s missing oil revenue billions

Unanswered questions on Nigeria’s missing oil revenue billions By Lamido Sanusi (Former Gov. Central Bank of Nigeria) Just over a year ago President Goodluck Jonathan suspended me from my position as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria after I questioned an estimated $20bn shortfall in oil revenues due to the treasury from the state […]

Mayo men sue gardaí over alleged brutality at Shell to Sea protest

Article from published Wed 29 April 2015 Mayo men sue Irish Cops over alleged brutality at Shell to Sea protest *(were the cops tipsy?) Three Mayo men are suing for damages over alleged garda brutality at a Shell to Sea protest eight years ago. Patrick Coyle, and brothers Patrick and Martin O’Donnell, claim they were […]



Whistleblower news relevant to Shell USA employees

SEC Hits Back At KBR And Other Corporate Bullies Who Threaten Whistleblowers By John Donovan If a Shell employee, contractor or supplier wants to blow the whistle on alleged misdeeds, they can contact the Shell Global Helpline and risk retaliation, or go to the appropriate external authority. In either event, there may be protection under whistleblower law in some countries, […]

Another can of worms for Shell

By John Donovan The lid on the corruption scandal in Ireland involving a “Mr Fix” company OSSL, its client Shell E&P Ireland, and various recipients of Shell’s generous bribes distributed by OSSL, keeps coming off.  Recipients have included senior Irish Police Officers, who took delivery of £30,000 of free alcohol kindly supplied by Shell.  One […]

Shell financial support for the scandal ridden Brunei Royal Family

By John Donovan A regular contributor, a retired Shell executive, having spotted the latest side bar feature on this website (focused on Shell’s relationship with the depraved Sultan of Brunei), drew my attention to the latest spectacular Brunei Royal Wedding. It took place in “the monarch’s lavish 1,788-room residential palace.” Prince Abdul Malik, the Sultan’s son and second […]


Photo: John Donovan: Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN CIRCULATED TO EVERY IRISH T.D. ON 6 APRIL 2015 Response from The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission on 2 April 2015 SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE, AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL (£30,000 worth of free alcohol given as a Christmas Gift to Garda […]

Nigeria: President-Elect pledges to fight the evil of corruption

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader, vowed to fight the scourges of corruption and Boko Haram militants. Sunday Alamba/Associated Press From an article Adam Nossiter published 1 April 2015 by The New York Times under the headline: Nigerian President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari Sets Out His Agenda Extracts KANO, Nigeria — Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, did […]

Goodluck Jonathan and the missing $20bn

ARTICLE BY TIM COCKS AND JOE BROCK PUBLISHED 1 April 2015 BY THE RAND DAILY MAIL OF SOUTH AFRICA Between $10.8-billion and $20-billion of oil revenue was unaccounted for over a period of 19 months “Sanusi’s concerns around the first of these mechanisms centre on the 2011 sale by Royal Dutch Shell of its interests […]

Shelling Out Sweeteners

By John Donovan The Irish satirical website has published an extensive article about Shell sponsored corruption in Ireland involving gifts (bribes) of up to €900,000 in value.   The website has published two key items; an invoice sent to Shell E&P Ireland by its agent OSSL for £30,000 worth of alcohol supplied to named […]

Third Successive Year of OSSL Pre-AGM Bombardment of Shell Underway

By John Donovan The third successive year of a pre-AGM email bombardment of Shell by its former “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, is fully underway. Several emails are sent every day by OSSL, not just to top executives at Shell, such as Ben van Beurden  but to the Irish Justice Minister and Senior Irish Police […]

John Donovan invited by Irish Justice Minister to provide evidence to Irish Police Ombudsman Commission

Email sent by John Donovan to Garda Slochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) 25 March 2015 SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL Dear Sirs I attach for your information a copy of a letter dated 12 March 2015 from Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, addressed to Mr Bernard J Durkan […]

UK Government must defend against big oil and mining dirty tricks

UK Government must defend against big oil and mining dirty tricks Oil and mining bodies together with companies such as BP and Royal Dutch Shell have drafted industry compliance guidelines that weaken the impact of new UK anti-corruption laws. 21st March 2015 Anti-corruption campaigners urge the UK Government to divorce itself from industry guidelines that […]

SPDC Completes Sale of Oil Mining Lease 18 in Nigeria

Cautionary note: Shell has a track record in Nigeria of repeated oil spills; toxic gas flaring without end; arming police thugs; hiring militant gang leaders; hanging Nigerian campaigners while in bed with one particularly despotic regime; paying bribes to corrupt Nigerian government ministers and infiltrating spies into the Nigerian government. THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Shell Petroleum Development […]

Africa: Statoil’s Historic Disclosures Blow Holes in Exxon and Shell’s Campaign for Secrecy

Statoil’s disclosures deal a major blow to efforts by a small number of backward looking oil firms, including ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP, to weaken the U.S. transparency rule. Unless transparency rules include these elements, they will give companies a licence to continue making corrupt payments. Extracts from a Press Release by Global Witness published […]

Email to John Donovan from the Irish Justice Minister

CORRUPTION SURROUNDING THE CORRIB GAS PROJECT IN IRELAND By John Donovan Today, apparently by co-incidence, I received an email sent to me on behalf of the Irish Justice Minister, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. (Photo) It was only yesterday that I posted an article on the above subject after a long break in coverage. The email from the […]


JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY AND GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC On 3 Mar 2015, at 23:40, John Donovan wrote: Dear Mr Brandjes Several months ago, I publicly accused OSSL directors of bombarding Shell with blackmail demands for two years over the Shell sponsored corruption scandal in Ireland. OSSL […]

Dusting off the Shell BP merger files

Shell and the forerunner of BP bribed a famous politician to facilitate a merger  According to Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, Royal Dutch Shell and BP (then called Burmah Anglo-Persian Oil Company), were in merger discussions in 1923. Extract from a BBC News Magazine article published 22 Jan 2015 10. Cash for […]

Detoxifying Shell’s online image: Possible or Impossible? 

By John Donovan  Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Possible as its global digital agency, starting with corporate brand work. Seems a safe assumption that one important aspect will be an attempt to detoxify the reputation of Shell, which has recently agreed to pay huge settlements of litigation arising from environmental pollution in Nigeria and the […]

Shell, Eni, and the $533 million paid out in Nigerian bribes

In October 2014 the media reported that Italian prosecutors were alleging that half of the $1.1 billion paid for an oil producing lease (OPL) by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell had gone on bribes to Nigerian politicians, intermediaries and others. Extracts from an article by Babajide Oladipo Ogundipe: 8 December 2014 In October 2014 the […]

Update on OSSL Shell Scandal

By John Donovan At the weekend I published an article under the headline: “Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?” A question mark was placed at the end of the headline to denote a degree of uncertainty.  This is my take on the actual situation according to information I have received today. […]


In 2009, Shell Oil Co. was facing allegations of international bribery in Nigeria. It told federal prosecutors that one of its employees approved and facilitated the bribes and then lied about his role to company lawyers. In 2010, the case took an unexpected turn. The employee, senior petroleum engineer Robert Writt, sued for defamation. He […]

Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?

By John Donovan According to an insider source, the Irish Police Garda Ombudsman Commission has reopened and expanded an investigation into evidence of corruption surrounding the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland. I understand that this development was prompted by new evidence published on this website in relation to the whistleblower Irish company OSSL. Its directors […]

Wanted: Shell Senior Legal Counsel to evade Anti Bribery and Corruption laws?

Unfortunately it is unclear if the lucky applicant is expected to advise Shell employees on how to avoid falling foul of bribery and corruption laws, or how to get round them. I suppose its a fine distinction. By John Donovan Just spotted an advert for the job of Senior Legal Counsel for Anti Bribery and Corruption […]


In addition to these issues being pursued by Irish TD’s seeking the truth, I now intend to bring these matters to the attention of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. I will also be circulating a full brief, supported by hard evidence, to every US Senator and […]

Danger to Shell from Class Action Lawsuits Arising from Bribery

By John Donovan Two articles have just been published about bribery that have relevance to Shell and its shareholders. An article by The Economist under the headline “Graft work” makes the point that “The most briberiddled sectors are oil, gas, mining, construction and transport.” Extract GONE are the days when multinationals could book bribes paid […]

Shell’s disdain for its governing constitution, Shell Business Principles

By John Donovan A few days ago I published an article pointing out that the Shell Business Principles document, proclaiming Shell’s core values and setting out the ethical platform on which Royal Dutch Shell supposedly operates, is conspicuously out of date. The version published on still bears the name of Peter Voser who resigned […]

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden audience with corrupt despot, the Sultan of Brunei

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden had “an audience” on Tuesday with the head of the corrupt, seedy Brunei Royal Family, the Sultan of Brunei, who once accepted a $500,000 wedding gift (bribe) from Royal Dutch Shell. In April he went ahead, despite international opposition, with his plans to introduce […]

Shell corruption that led to blackmail

The invoice for the alcohol has been the foundation of a two year blackmailing operation with OSSL bombarding money demands on Shell for alcohol Shell had already paid for in full. Consequently, the OSSL invoice is of huge significance in relation to alleged very serious corruption and associated blackmail on an unprecedented scale. EMAIL FROM […]


OSSL is demanding payment for over €30,000 worth of alcohol OSSL supplied to Irish cops on behalf of Shell, which says it entered into a full and final confidential settlement with OSSL in August 2012 and refuses to pay them off again.  Desmond Kane of OSSL outside Shell office in Dublin By John Donovan On […]

UK Court Lifts Secrecy Order On Corrupt Nigerian Oil Deal Law Suit

A High Court in the United Kingdom has lifted a secrecy order imposed on a 2013 legal challenge by The Corner House of a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to freeze some $215million alleged proceeds of crime from a corrupt Nigerian oil deal. Shell and ENI have denied paying any money to […]

Shell blocking Canadian transparency/anti-corruption initiative?

By John Donovan The Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada has published an article by Alan Detheridge, a former Royal Dutch Shell senior executive. A Vice President of Shell Canada when he left the company after 30 years. He must have known the company very well after all that time. If I have not misunderstood […]


We at OSSL would like to caution you as the editor of your Shell Blog, about the use of the term blackmail in the matter headlined above. EMAIL RECEIVED FROM OSSL From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Date: 17 November 2014 08:54:38 GMT To: John Shell News <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]> Subject: Unfounded claims of Blackmail […]


To its credit Shell has not given in to the subsequent money demands, but neither has it apparently reported the matter to the Irish Police. One can see the difficulty. How do you go about asking the Irish police to investigate a blackmail plot over free alcohol worth over €35,000 given to the Irish Police […]

Shell Defamation Suit

In 2007, the Department of Justice confronted Shell about its work in Nigeria, and at the time, investigators suspected that there may have been bribery of foreign officials that would allow Shell to get better access to various goods and services. From a JD Supra Press Release The Texas Supreme Court recently agreed to hear […]