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Ogoniland: Death sentence of Shell’s massive pollution of over 50 years

Ogoniland: Death sentence of Shell’s massive pollution of over 50 years

President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Fegalo Nsuke, has charged Ogonis to be prepared to save the Ogoni nation.

Addressing members of the MOSOP Steering Committee at the international head office of MOSOP in Bori, Ogoniland on Saturday, January 12, 2019, Nsuke said he was confident that the new team of MOSOP executives and affiliate heads can save the Ogoni nation from the discrimination of Nigeria and the death sentence of Shell’s massive pollution of over 50 years. “I will assure you that freedom for the Ogoni people is near. It doesn’t matter how much lies our detractors try to mislead the public about us, we must remain focused and committed to save our land and that is the way we can save Ogoniland” Nsuke told members of the Steering Committee yesterday. “I am confident we can save Ogoniland. If you see what I see, you will understand what I mean when I say that we can save Ogoniland” Nsuke said. We have a huge task because today over 50 persons die weekly in the coastal communities in Gokana alone and all that HYPREP is doing is to see what they can do to spend cleanup funds ahead of the 2019 elections, he said. Nsuke maintained that HYPREP is not implementing the UNEP report. “What HYPREP is doing is a scam. There is no way you can commence such a massive exercise without providing an alternative source of drinking water and having a way to manage the wastes. The report says there should be an integrated soil management center in place to manage the wastes from the sites but HYPREP now want to turn our communities into dumping sites and we will resist that very strongly” Nsuke said. Nsuke said there is nothing HYPREP is doing that is different from what Shell had been doing to us and that is what the UNEP report condemned. HYPREP is scamming us and we want to make it clear that they want to spend our cleanup funds and possibly create crises in Ogoniland.
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MOSOP President Rekindles Hope for a Free Ogoniland

Nsuke had been a known and outstanding critic of Shell and advocate of self-determination for Ogoni. He served as publicity secretary in the last executive.

MOSOP President Fegalo Nsuke

In what turned out to be an emotional speech, the new president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) Fegalo Nsuke has rekindled hope for a free Ogoni in Nigeria. Nsuke in an address this morning to the Ogoni people said freedom for the Ogoni people in Nigeria must be pursued vigorously. The speech followed his assumption
of office as the new MOSOP president at the expiration of the tenure of the previous executives yesterday December 31, 2018.

In a new year message to the Ogoni people this morning, Nsuke said: read more

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OPL 245: Swiss ruling paves way to share documents in Nigeria oil graft case

Eni and Shell bought the OPL 245 offshore field for about $1.3 billion in a deal that spawned one of the industry’s largest corruption scandals. It is alleged that about $1.1 billion of the total was siphoned to agents and middlemen.

By Stephanie Nebehay: Fri, 21st Dec 2018 

GENEVA, Dec 21 (Reuters) – A Geneva prosecutor is reviewing material in a suitcase seized nearly three years ago to decide what can be shared with Italian authorities in a case involving oil majors Eni and Royal Dutch Shell and corrupt payments in Nigeria, his office said on Friday.

The prosecutor received the green light after Switzerland’s top court, the Federal Tribunal, rejected an appeal by Nigerian defendant Emeka Obi to prevent his bag from being unsealed.

The Lausanne court’s Nov. 8 ruling, published online, said that the confiscated material – including documents, an external hard drive, British and African passports, and USB keys – could have “potential pertinence” in the criminal investigation and the sealing could be lifted without violating Swiss law. read more

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OPL 245: Judge concludes that Shell knew of Nigerian corruption

The conclusion that they were aware of corruption was made by a judge in a separate case in Milan that resulted in the conviction of two middlemen…

Times Article: Judge claims Shell knew of Nigerian corruption

Royal Dutch Shell and Eni were aware that their $1.3 billion deal for a Nigerian oilfield would result in corrupt payments to politicians and officials, an Italian judge has said.

The two oil majors and former executives are on trial in Milan over alleged corruption in their 2011 deal to secure control of the prized OPL 245 block off the country’s coast. Prosecutors allege that most of the proceeds of the deal went to a company linked with a convicted money launderer and ended up being paid in bribes and kickbacks. Shell and Eni have denied wrongdoing. read more

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OPL 245: Italy judge says evidence shows Eni, Shell knew of Nigerian graft

In her reasoning, judge Barbara alleged that Shell executives, including Brinded, had known that Etete would keep a part of the purchase price for himself and use the rest to “pay people”, including Nigerian politicians and public officials…

Emilio Parodi: DECEMBER 17, 2018 / 11:40 AM

* Eni, Shell knew of graft surrounding Nigeria deal – judge

* Both firms fully aware of ‘sharks’ circling the deal – judge

* Eni says judge does not have all the evidence to hand

* Shell says no basis to convict it or former Shell staff

MILAN, Dec 17 (Reuters) – An Italian judge said on Monday oil majors Eni and Royal Dutch Shell were fully aware their 2011 purchase of a Nigerian oilfield would result in corrupt payments to Nigerian politicians and officials.

Italy’s Eni and Shell bought the OPL 245 offshore field for about $1.3 billion in a deal that spawned one of the industry’s largest corruption scandals. It is alleged that about $1.1 billion of the total was siphoned to agents and middlemen.

The Milan judge made the comment in her written reasons for the September conviction of Nigerian Emeka Obi and Italian Gianluca Di Nardo, both middlemen in the OPL 245 deal, for corruption. The pair were jailed for four years. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Bad News 14 December 2018

Almost a year on from raids that led to over a dozen arrests, including of several former employees of the local unit of Royal Dutch Shell, charge sheets state that around 340,000 tonnes of gasoil were stolen from the oil major’s Pulau Bukom site in Singapore. Some of the incidents date back to 2014.

Smokes rises out of chimneys from a Shell oil refinery on Pulau Bukom, five kilometres to the south of the main island of Singapore on January 13, 2015. 

Around $150 million worth of oil was stolen from Shell’s biggest global refinery over several years, Singapore court documents reviewed by Reuters show, far more than reported when police first revealed the heist earlier this year.

Almost a year on from raids that led to over a dozen arrests, including of several former employees of the local unit of Royal Dutch Shell, charge sheets state that around 340,000 tonnes of gasoil were stolen from the oil major’s Pulau Bukom site in Singapore, in incidents dating back to 2014. read more

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OPL 245: Shell, Eni Face $1.1 Billion Nigerian Lawsuit Over 2011 Deal

By Kelly Gilblom: 13 December 2018, 11:16 GMT: Updated on 13 Dec 2018, 14:04 GMT

  • Nigeria seeks to recoup money in oil deal it calls corrupt

  • Companies facing criminal charges over same block in Milan

The government of Nigeria is suing Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Eni SpA and other companies for more than $1 billion over a 2011 oil deal it says was tainted by corruption.

The suit, filed Wednesday in London, alleges that money the companies paid to acquire an oil exploration license in the Gulf of Guinea was diverted to bribes and kickbacks, the Nigerian government said in a press release. The transaction is already the subject of a separate, ongoing criminal trial in Milan. read more

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OPL 245: Nigeria files $1.1 bln London lawsuit against Shell, Eni over oil deal

Nigeria files $1.1 bln London lawsuit against Shell, Eni over oil deal

* Nigeria also suing JPMorgan over transfers for same deal 

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The Nigerian government said it had filed a $1.1 billion lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in a commercial court in London on Thursday in relation to a 2011 oilfield deal.

The OPL 245 oilfield is also at the heart of an ongoing corruption trial in Milan in which former and current Shell and Eni officials are on the bench.

Milan prosecutors allege bribes totalling around $1.1 billion were paid to win the licence to explore the field which, because of disputes, has never entered into production. read more

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The Ogoni Struggle is About Human Rights and Freedom

Their hope and expectations were that Saro-Wiwa’s hanging would silence the Ogoni people and send signals to the rest of Nigeria’s Niger Delta about what awaits anyone who raises questions about the unfair and inhuman distribution of the wealth of the people of the Niger Delta.

By Fegalo Nsuke

Ogoni, the people and the land represent an oppressed nationality, a people persecuted by their own government for seeking respect for their human and environmental rights especially over their natural endowments, a people whose government have authorized its armed forces to unleash on them, unimaginable brutality with assurances that military crimes against the Ogoni people will never be questioned nor punished.

Over 4,000 Ogonis have been killed since 1993 in state-sponsored terrorism and quite regrettably, no one has been prosecuted, punished or indicted in the Ogoni saga. read more

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Shell News 5 Dec 2018: Includes latest on OPL 245 graft case

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OPL 245: New Leaked Emails

NEW YORK NOV 26, 2018

Once the Zabazaba and Etan Integrated Development Project comes on stream in 2020, Nigeria will lose out on 30 per cent of all revenues from crude oil sales made from the field. This is thanks to the resolution agreement on the ownership of Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245 proposed by oil giants Royal Dutch Shell and Eni S.p.A. in 2010 and signed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

According to industry experts, the #0percent revenue loss will be $4.5billion at the minimum, and could be up to $5.8billion.   read more

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Shell, Eni: Partners in Crime

By John Donovan

No, the headline is not referring to the OPL 245 oil deal in which former Shell and ENI executives and the companies themselves are currently on criminal trial in Italy on corruption charges.

Both companies have prior convictions for illicit joint activity that most people have forgotten.

In September 2006, the European Commission fined Shell $137m for their role in a cartel that fixed the price of bitumen. According to a report published in the Houston Chronicle“the EU Commission said the company was an instigator, took the leadership in the cartel and was a repeat offender”. The report went on to state that “Shell’s fine was increased by 50 percent because of its involvement in previous cartels and another 50 percent for instigating and leading the cartel.”  read more

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Shell Kills Ogoni

IMAGE INSERTED BY JOHN DONOVAN

Even after his arrest, Kiobel bravely campaigned to improve conditions in his home area, writing to Komo to appeal for a military withdrawal from Gokana (in Ogoniland) because of “indiscriminate shootings, killing of innocent persons.” 

Extracts from pages 35 & 36 of an Amnesty International document entitled: “A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE? SHELL’S INVOLVEMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA IN THE 1990s”

Ken Saro-Wiwa: Before launching MOSOP, Ken Saro-Wiwa, from Bane in Ogoniland, was a successful writer. From 1985-90, some 30 million Nigerians tuned in every week to Basi and Company, a comedy-drama he wrote for Nigerian TV.152 Several of his books won international acclaim, including Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English, and On a Darkling Plain.153 The prosecution accused Ken Saro-Wiwa of inciting his supporters to kill the four chiefs meeting at Giokoo. It claimed that shortly before the attacks, he told a group of supporters “to deal with the “vultures.”154 The only witnesses to allege this, Charles Danwi and Nayone Akpa, subsequently signed alleging that the government and Shell had bribed them to make false statements (see above.)155 Ken Saro-Wiwa denied the accusation.156 read more

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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS 12 NOVEMBER 2018

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Client assessment of Brexit Doyen, Attorney General Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP 

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox delivered a barnstorming warmup speech for the PM at the recent Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham

GEOFFREY COX COURAGEOUSLY DEFENDED ME FROM A BLATANTLY BIASED ATTACK BY A HIGH COURT JUDGE

John Donovan

By John Donovan

After a spectacular performance as the warm-up act for Prime Minister Teresa May at the October 2018 Conservative Conference, the Rt. Hon. Geoffrey Cox QC MP is now tipped by at least one publication to become the next PM.

When I first met him two decades ago, he was plain Geoffrey Cox, an ambitious criminal law barrister who had already founded the Thomas More Chambers.  read more

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OPL 245 “REALLY UNHELPFUL EMAILS” AS DESCRIBED BY SHELL CEO BEN VAN BEURDEN IN A CLASSIC UNDERSTATEMENT

Emails exchanged between senior Shell staff including John Copleston and Guy Colegate show they knew a massive payment would go to convicted money launderer and former oil minister Dan Etete.

UPDATED SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2018

By John Donovan

During a wiretapped telephone conversation held on 17 February 2016 between Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden and Simon Henry, his then CFO, BvB made reference to what he described as “really unhelpful emails” relating to the Shell/Eni Nigerian corruption scandal.

The call took place hours after Shell’s HQ building in The Hague was raided by authorities investigating the OPL 245 Nigerian oil deal. Two middle men have already been found guilty of involvement in the $1.3 billion corruption scandal. read more

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