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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Mosop Moves to Halt Shell’s Return

Leadership (Abuja)
18 March 2008

Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has reacted to a report that Shell Petroleum Company has resumed operations in Ogoniland.

In a statement signed by Bari-ara Kpalap,MOSOP information officer and sent via e-mail to LEADERSHIP Kaduna office, the movement described the report as an infantile act of desperation and crass insensitivity.
 
The statement said, “We would not have bothered to respond to the report but for our experiences of the past days and our recollection that such approach in the past had led to the precipitation of crisis in Ogoni by the company’s callous tactics of pitching our people against one another. Shell should be held responsible for any possible crisis in Ogoni by their efforts to resume oil production in the area without a resolution of the protracted problem with the Ogoni people”.

The movement further stressed that it was aware that, Shell was jittery over the fact that it had no tangible evidence to prove to the Federal Government that it could still operate the Ogoni oil concession as the one year deadline imposed on the corporation expires in May, saying it was therefore, using underhand means to tackle the problem.

It, however, maintained that the Ogoni people would continue to detest any arrangement that starts from the answer to the question. It added that the Ogoni case had gone past window-dressing and questionable practices, warning that Shell’s activities in the area in the last few days have heightened suspicion of sinister motives and increased tension across Ogoni.

The statement reiterated the fact that the Ogoni people have overwhelmingly resolved not to support the return of Shell to Ogoni and MOSOP would therefore renew her call on the federal government to consider allocating the Ogoni oil concession to a new operator “who would address our concerns and protect our interest if it is still interested in drilling Ogoni oil.”

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