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Protecting Oil Installations in Nigeria

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extracts from an article published 22 July 2014 by ThisDayLive under the headline: Protecting Oil Installations through Community Engagement

At a recent practical dialogue on the security and human rights practices of stakeholders involved in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, especially within the Niger Delta operational basin, the Global Rights Nigeria disclosed that oil companies in the country might have spent over $53 billion securing their operational facilities between 2007 and 2011.

Global Rights, which is currently headquartered in Washington noted that it was possibile the federal government expended such huge amount of money in securing oil and gas operations within the Niger Delta, owing to the region’s poor history of human rights practices.

It was also revealed that Shell maintains a 1,200-strong internal police force, called ‘supernumerary’ or SPY police, in addition to a network of plain clothes informants; irrespective of Shell’s claims that it does not admit to allegations that the SPY police are usually armed, especially on escort duties and despite a law banning them from bearing firearms.


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