Royal Dutch Shell Plc  .com Rotating Header Image

Alleged funding of killings in Niger Delta: Shell faces probe


Written by Jacob Segun Olatunji and Kolawole Daniel, Abuja Thursday, 06 October 2011

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, put machinery in motion to probe the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), over the alleged funding of clashes and killings in the oil-rich Niger Delta area of the country, especially in Rumuekpe village, Rivers State.

Nigerian Tribune recalls that a report by a London-based oil and gas industry watchdog, Platform, had revealed that the oil giant was fuelling armed conflicts that resulted in the killing of about 60 persons in the Niger Delta.

To this end, the House had mandated its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), chaired by Honourable Muraina Ajibola, to invite the oil giant and explain its side of the story.

A member of the House, Honourable  Andrew Uchendu, had, in a motion entitled: “Alleged funding of killings and clashes in the Niger Delta by Shell Petroleum Development Company,” told the House that the oil company had been accused of doing little to develop the communities it had been operating, including Rumuekpe village.

According to him, “a non-governmental organisation and a London-based oil and gas watchdog have, in their recent publications, indicted Shell of directly funding rival groups in the Niger Delta over the years, leading to the death of 60 persons and destruction of communities.”

He then urged the House invite Shell to explain its position as regards the allegation, which he described as serious and grievous.

When the speaker, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, who presided over the plenary session put the motion to vote, it was unanimously adopted by the members.


This website and sisters,,,, and, are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia segment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comment Rules

  • Please show respect to the opinions of others no matter how seemingly far-fetched.
  • Abusive, foul language, and/or divisive comments may be deleted without notice.
  • Each blog member is allowed limited comments, as displayed above the comment box.
  • Comments must be limited to the number of words displayed above the comment box.
  • Please limit one comment after any comment posted per post.

%d bloggers like this: