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Safe sex in Nigeria

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By John Donovan

Safe Sex in Nigeria” was one of the best articles about the unfolding OPL 245 corruption scandal.  

It was published by the Economist in June 2013.

In particular, the timeline graphic at the beginning of the article shows where the blame probably lies:

Three things come from this:

(1) The machinations and intrigue go back much further than 2011

(2) ENI’s role appears to be relatively minor in comparison with that of Shell

(3) This saga dates back to the days of Phil Watts and Walter vd Vijver

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It was the above machinations that led to the raid on the HQ of Royal Dutch Shell PLC this week by Dutch and Italian investigative authorities.

The comments received by The Economist in response to the article are also worth reading. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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