By Rachel Millard For The Daily Mail: 7 December 2016
Residents of the communities in south-east Nigeria remember clearly the day oil giant Shell first arrived in the 1950s.
Children could hear the rumble of the trucks from a distance, so they’d wave at the drivers as they passed.
It still happened when King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi, community leader of the Ogale community in Ogoniland, was growing up in the 1960s.
The region, largely marshland and swamps, was poor but the British firm, with its modern technology and skilled engineers, seemed to represent a new era of prosperity.