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Protest threatened over memorial 20 years after Ken Saro-Wiwa execution

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Twenty years after ‘judicial murder’, Nigeria’s Ogoni people highlight international storm over oil spillage pollution

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John Vidal: Saturday 7 November 2015

Leaders of Nigeria’s Ogoni people have threatened to disrupt the country’s oil industry if the government does not release a British artwork commemorating the 20th anniversary of the execution of the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa.

The memorial, in the form of a large bus, has been impounded by customs in Lagos for six weeks because it is considered politically inflammatory. A quote from the writer on the side of the bus accuses the oil companies of “practising genocide against the Ogoni”. read more

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Shell Nigeria begins asset inventory in Ogoniland

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Daily Trust/11/04/2013

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Limited Joint Venture says it has commenced an inventory of its assets in Ogoniland in line with the recommendations of the United Nation Environment Program report.

The report required SPDC JV to conduct a comprehensive review of its assets in Ogoniland and develop a decommissioning plan.

Tony Okonedo, spokesman of Shell said in a statement yesterday that his company held engagements and consultations with communities after which the asset inventory commenced with bush clearing in the fourth quarter of last year. read more

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Kiobel v. Shell ruling: serious setback to Ogoni in Niger Delta

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Screen Shot 2013-04-22 at 08.38.43The US Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit against the Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Company brought by alleged human rights victims. The ruling, which was handed down last Wednesday, is seen as a serious setback for the Ogoni community in the Niger Delta, who alleged gross human rights abuses during the mid-1990s by the military government in power at the time.

By Joe Hitchon, Washington, D.C.:  Published on : 22 April 2013 – 5:00am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: AFP)

In addition, the decision essentially cuts off the US courts system from those attempting to redress wrongs allegedly committed by multinational companies, particularly in developing countries. read more

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Ogoniland: Shell Starting To Pull Out

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12 April 2013

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, said, Wednesday [10 April], it had begun the decommissioning of its facilities in Ogoniland, Rivers State, with the commencement of an audit of its assets in the area.

Shell said in a statement the process began with bush clearing in the fourth quarter of last year, following series of engagements and consultations with the communities.

It is not clear why Shell kept quiet about the decommissioning until now, but this will be the first time Shell will be venturing into Ogoniland for any kind of activity in almost 20 years. read more

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Ogoni News 12 November 2012

EXTRACTS FROM ARTICLE PUBLISHED 12 NOVEMBER 2012

In a message circulated to all Ogoni villages, the Kingdom Coordinators have called for a sit at home protest on November 10 alleging Shell-sponsored attacks on their meetings and some secret communication between the Chairman of MOSOP Caretaker Committee and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.

The MOSOP Coordinators have condemned the silence of the Caretaker Committee over the recent killings of Ogoni people in Sogho communities by the Rivers State Government. read more

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Nigeria: Ogoni Is Poised To Enforce United Nations Declaration

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MOSOP MEDIA

A national conference to groom newly elected representatives on how to enforce the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples will open in Bori on the 31st of July, 2012.

The conference was originally scheduled for July 22, 2012, but was shifted to include all Ogonis as participants.

The conference will feature workshops, roundtables and dialogue on economic, social, political and security issues as well as traditional displays.

Over 2,500 leaders have been elected to enforce the rights of indigenous peoples at the village level, while 120 representatives secured mandate to run 33 newly created administrative districts. 24 custodians of customs and traditions were also elected to take their seats at the central level as law makers. read more

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Shell and The Future of The Ogoni

Hello all,

You may find this article interesting:

Author: Fegalo Nsuke

Title: Shell and The Future of The Ogoni

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Shell opens talks about a return to Nigeria’s troubled Ogoni region

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The Independent: Shell opens talks about a return to Nigeria’s troubled Ogoni region

By Rachel Stevenson

01 June 2005

More than 12 years since it fled the Nigerian region of Ogoni in fear at the growing violence towards its operations from the local population, oil giant Shell has reopened talks with the people of the Ogoni about a possible return.

Representatives of the Ogoni people, the Nigerian federal and state governments, and Shell have all pledged to attempt reconciliation in an effort to bring stability to the Ogoni region. Since 1990, Ogoni has been dogged by violence, crime, corruption, and poverty. read more

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Ogoninews.com

Hello,

I wish to introduce to you: http://ogoninews.comThis website reports breaking news and events in Ogoniland Nigeria.

You will find this website very useful particularly in respect of Shell’s activities in Ogoni, ongoing land grab crisis and disputes regarding the non-implementation of the UNEP report in Ogoniland.

Best wishes,
Fegalo Nsuke

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HAGUE TRIES TO HALT SHELL ‘MURDER’ CASE

“The allegations are grave: rape, systematic and widespread torture, extrajudicial killings.”

THE SUNDAY TIMES: HAGUE TRIES TO HALT SHELL ‘MURDER’ CASE

27 May 2012

WILLIAM HAGUE has been accused of hypocrisy after the government intervened on the side of Shell, Britain’s biggest company, over court claims the oil giant was complicit in torture and murder.

The foreign secretary is facing pressure from human rights groups over Britain’s role in a case in America’s highest court being brought by the families of 12 people from Nigeria’s Ogoniland community.

The case puts Britain in conflict with President Barack Obama’s administration, which argues the families should be allowed to sue Shell over claims their relatives were tortured and killed by Nigerian troops in the Niger delta in the 1990s. read more

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Acting Dangerously Against Nigeria

MOSOP STATEMENT ISSUED 28 May 2012

British Prime Minister David Cameron Acting Dangerously Against Nigeria

MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo has described British Prime David Cameron’s government amicus brief in the Ogoni case of Kiobel v Shell in the United States of America as an ill-advised and short-sighted colonial tactics.

Diigbo said the prime minister’s action has deeper implications for destabilizing Nigeria. “What it means is that victims of oil operations that have no way of seeking equity and justice should take the law into their hands instead to use the legitimate judicial process available in the United States for requisite redress against violations by multinational oil companies in which Cameron’s government has vested interest,” Diigbo explained. read more

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Call for Ogoni to occupy Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC

OCCUPY NIGERIAN EMBASSY in DC!

The African Cultural and Fundamental Rights Council (AFCRC) USA is, on behalf of the Ogoni people of Nigeria organizing a peaceful rally/protest, picketing at the premises of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC., USA. Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012; time is 10 am to 1230 pm. The Nigerian Embassy is located at: 3519 International Court, NW Washington, DC, 20008.

Meanwhile, members of the public are free to call the embassy ahead of time and after at 202-986-8400 to express their  concerns and request that Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye dialogue with his home government on the need to immediately clean and restore the dying Ogoni environment. Please join in and occupy, protest and put pressure on the embassy, ambassador to pressure the government of Nigeria to work with $hell Oil and clean the Ogoni environment they both degrade. read more

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Shell Will Take Cue From Nigeria On UN Report

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) “hopes to hear soon” from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on how recommendations from a United Nations report into long-standing pollution in the Niger Delta should be implemented, Chief Executive Peter Voser told shareholders Tuesday.

The 2011 report, which was funded by Shell, documented fifty years of oil contamination in the Delta region of Ogoniland. It concluded that stakeholders–including Shell and other oil companies, as well as the Nigerian government–should commit at least $1 billion to funding new institutions that oversee the clean-up and rehabilitation of the affected areas. read more

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AFCRC-USA Congratulates Ogoni Environmental Protection Agency

By Ben Ikari

The African Cultural and Fundamental Rights Council (AFCRC), USA congratulates the newly formed  Ogoni Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) for its emergence at a time Ogoni is at environmental crossroads.

We especially thank the new agency for its vision aimed at achieving broad-based tree planting throughout Ogoni territory. This is a great feat that should receive the appreciation and support of local, national, regional and international groups or organizations and governments. read more

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Pres Jonathan, Nigerian Politicians Blocking Ogoni Clean-Up

Of course, $hell has over the years refuted allegations of environmental degradation in Ogoni. The company has nowhere to hide from this environmental catastrophe that is killing Ogonis faster than not. Although my source says $hell is willing to deposit the take-off money, it is also common with the company taking undue advantage of the envy and division, greed and corruption in Nigeria.

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Thieves steal £2.8bn of oil out of Shell’s pipelines in Niger Delta

By Rob Davies In Port Harcourt, Nigeria: PUBLISHED: 20:59, 28 March 2012 |

Thieves siphoned up to $4.5bn (£2.8bn) of oil out of Shell’s pipelines in the Niger Delta last year, in a worsening epidemic that threatens to overwhelm efforts to reduce oil spills.

‘Bunkering’ – the industry term for stealing oil from pipelines – resulted in lost production of up to 100,000 barrels per day last year.

The sheer scale of the problem means SPDC – Shell’s joint venture with the Nigerian government – is losing more oil to bunkering than is produced by countries such as Tunisia and Ukraine. read more

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Shell Sued in U.K. Over ’Massive’ 2008 Nigerian Oil Spills


By Erik Larson – Mar 23, 2012 5:02 PM GMT

A unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, was sued in Britain by 11,000 Nigerians who say their land, rivers and wetlands were spoiled by two “massive” spills in the Niger River delta in 2008.

The lawsuit against Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary was filed in London today by residents of the coastal Bodo community after talks failed to produce a deal, the group’s law firm Leigh Day & Co. said in a statement. While Shell admits liability for the leaks, it claims local people spilled most of the oil. read more

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Nigerians sue Shell in London over Delta pollution

Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:46pm EDT

* Multi-million-dollar claim filed for 11,000 Nigerians

* Shell accepts responsibility for two spills in 2008

* Says it cleaned up but criminals caused more pollution

* Case could set precedents for other oil companies

By Estelle Shirbon

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – A group of 11,000 Nigerians launched a suit against Royal Dutch Shell at the London High Court on Friday, seeking tens of millions of dollars in compensation for two oil spills in 2008 that they say destroyed their livelihoods. read more

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Long road from Nigeria to Supreme Court

Case accuses Shell of complicity in human rights atrocities

Charles Wiwa is a nephew of the Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. He’s part of a group of Nigerian refugees involved in suing the Royal Dutch Shell oil company. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune / March 12, 2012)

Mary Schmich: March 18, 2012
Charles Wiwa’s old friends from Ogoniland picked him up at his South Side Chicago home a couple of weeks ago in a Chevy Venture van, and they hit the road.

Destination: the Supreme Court of the United States.

Wiwa had been in court before, like the time back in Nigeria when his famous uncle, Ken Saro-Wiwa, was sentenced to death, but he’d certainly never been to the highest court in this country.

He was excited. So were his friends. Their class-action lawsuit against the Royal Dutch Shell oil company had made it to Washington, D.C., and they were determined to be there too.

I-94 to I-80 to I-76, they talked the whole way.

They talked about the place they grew up, a small, humid pocket of the Niger Delta, where electricity was rare and if you read at night, it was by moonlight, a place where water came from wells and generations of families stayed close even after oil changed everything. read more

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Rivers without water

“No Shell person or NNPC has come here in respect of the report. But as I talk to you, they are drilling. The same Nigerian Army and police that are supposed to protect the Nigerian people will carry them to go and put more benzene (into the environment). If we take laws into our hands, you hear (restiveness) and violence.” The accusations have been put before Shell in an email for weeks, but the company did not respond.

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MOSOP may permit oil exploration in Ogoniland

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Shell, which until 1993 was the major oil producing company in Ogoni, was forced to leave the area following widespread protest spearheaded by MOSOP over alleged human and environmental rights abuses.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:00 Kelvin Ebiri, Port Harcourt

HOPE for resumption of oil and gas exploration in Ogoni, has been rekindled by the new leadership of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).

MOSOP Interim Chairman and Secretary, Professor Ben Naanen and Meshach Karanwi, said the new leadership would promote the sustainable and equitable exploration of the natural resources of Ogoni for the benefit of Ogoni people. read more

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OGONI OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN

Graphic from the Guardian article Unloveable Shell, the Goddess of Oil

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN ON THE PROPOSED ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING OF OGONILAND BASED ON THE UNEP REPORT/ RECOMMENDATIONS.

December 5, 2011, 2011

Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR)
President and Commander-In-Chief,
Armed Forces of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Aso Rock, Abuja.

His Excellency,

We the Ogoni students in diaspora, whose parents, siblings, friends and homeland are seriously threatened from  human and  cooperate environmental policies to extinction by Shell for over five decades in Ogoniland, are greatly honored to write  you and the people of Nigeria on the need to urgently address the environmental pollution and concerns of the Ogoni people. We still repose our confidence in you, especially in solving the monumental environmental tragedy that the people of Ogoni, Niger Delta and this great nation are faced with. We urge you therefore to use your leadership in providing credible plan that will ultimately address the environmental cleaning, along with adequate compensation to the Ogoni people for social, health and economic damages. read more

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MOSOP Welcomes EU – U.S. Call for Restoration of Ogoni Environment

STATEMENT BY MOSOP MEDIA 1 December 2011 21:26:50 GMT

MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo today welcomed the indication of interest by the E.U. – U.S. economic blocs in the immediate environmental restoration of Ogoniland, but described the blocs’ list of parties for engagement as one-sided; as it excluded the victims – the Ogoni people.

Dr. Diigbo was reacting to online report by leadership newspaper of December 1, 2011 quoting an E.U. – U.S. statement issued in Washington D.C. urging “the Government of Nigeria to follow up on the UNEP report on Ogoniland, to remedy the critical health and environmental problems facing this region and to further engage the oil companies and the international community on this issue.” read more

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NIGERIA: Ogoni Hands Government to Villagers


Native oath-of-office ceremony for 3,000 representatives

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MOSOP MEDIA: 30 November 2011 13:15 GMT

As Native Authority is sworn-in with 3,000 villagers under oath to provide grassroots leadership to enforce the United Nations Universal Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the President/Spokesman of the Movement for Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), MOSOP President /Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo, has said that as ordinary Ogoni peasants often despised and exploited take over local governance from the corrupt Nigerian local government system, it will confirm that no sacrifice for freedom, is ever in vain. read more

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Most or All Kiobel v. Shell Plaintiffs Are American Citizens

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Dear Editor,

Please run article clarifying the location of Ogoni people in Kiobel v. Shell. This issue was brought up in one recent publication of Nov. 17, 2011, posted or culled to your credible and number one globally read and researched-based Website.

THE ARTICLE: How Suing Shell Could Backfire on Human Rights Activists

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Ben Ikari.

ARTICLE

I read with interest a publication by Reuters that is published on this esteemed Website: Royaldutchshellplc.com and dated November 17, 2011. As recorded on paragraph nine, lines six and seven. According to Maria LaHood, “Indigenous Ogoni people, most of whom probably live in  villages in rural Nigeria, are challenging one of the most powerful entities in the world.” read more

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Nigeria: Dutch Cabinet – Country Should Clean Up Oil Spills

allAfrica.com

Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Hilversum)

Hélène Michaud: 18 November 2011

Cleaning up extensive oil pollution in the Niger Delta is the primary responsibility of the Nigerian government, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal told a parliamentary commission on Thursday.

He was supported by the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Bleker, who pointed out that the Nigerian government, like all governments, is responsible for the well-being of its population. On top of that the Nigerian state is the majority shareholder in the SPDC joint venture of oil companies that includes Royal Dutch Shell, Bleker added. read more

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How Suing Shell Could Backfire on Human Rights Activists

Nov 17 2011, 9:00 AM ET

International groups have long been using a 1789 tort to sue corporations for acts on foreign soil. An upcoming Supreme Court case might put an end to that.

REUTERS

This past October, a 15-year legal battle between Royal Dutch Petroleum and a Nigerian political movement finally went before the Supreme Court — of the United States, that is. On October 17, the Court decided to hear a lawsuit filed by Esther Kiobel, whose husband, Dr. Barinem Kiobel, was one of nine activists from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People hanged by Sana Abacha’s military government on November 10, 1995. Kiobel alleges Shell was partly responsible for her husband’s death, and for other human rights violations committed in the oil-rich Ogoniland region. read more

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Shell Accused of Abetting Torture & Murder

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

By KEVIN KOENINGER

MANHATTAN (CN) – Three Nigerian widows say Shell Petroleum and its African subsidiaries conspired with each other and with Nigeria’s military government “to violate basic human rights … so as to ensure their continued enjoyment of disproportionately huge profit from very cheap oil they obtained from the Ogoniland,” a 400-square-mile section of the Niger Delta.

The widows say their husbands, members of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), were part of “the Ogoni 9,” who were falsely accused of murdering tribal elders. read more

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Shell must pay $1bn to deal with Niger Delta oil spills, Amnesty urges

The Guardian home

Rights group says oil giant’s 2008 spills have wrecked livelihoods of 69,000 people and will take 30 years to clean up

Shell’s oil spills in the Niger Delta (pictured) mean the region needs the world’s largest clean-up, says the United Nations Environment Programme. Photograph: AP

Royal Dutch Shell’s failure to mop up two oil spills in the Niger Delta has caused huge suffering to locals whose fisheries and farmland were poisoned, and the firm and its partners must pay $1bn to start cleaning up the region, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

A spokesman for Shell said the company and its partners had already acknowledged the two oil spills and started cleaning up, adding it had been hampered by oil theft, which was responsible for most spills in the Delta.

The report by the human rights group to mark the 16th anniversary of the execution of environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa by Nigerian authorities said the two spills in 2008 in Bodo, Ogoniland, had wrecked the livelihoods of 69,000 people. read more

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MOSOP CLAIMS: A SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

Diigbo, who was speaking today at the Ken Saro-Wiwa Peace and Freedom Center, to mark 16th Remembrance of the hanging of the Ogoni leader, late Ken Saro-Wiwa said the setting up of the Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority is a significant step towards actualizing the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ogoni Bill of Rights, and all the dreams for which late Saro-Wiwa and other Ogonis gave their lives.

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Ogoni Leader Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Shell Case

Movement for Survival of Ogoni People president Ledum Mitee says the court’s decision sends a message that Shell must be held to account

James Butty

The president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People [MOSOP] said his group welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a dispute between the Ogoni people and Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company.

The high court justices agreed Monday to hear a federal appeal by a group of Nigerians who alleged that shell was complicit in torture, wrongful deaths and other human rights abuses committed by Nigerian authorities against environmental campaigners during the 1990s.

MOSOP President Ledum Mitee said the decision sends the right message that Shell must be held to account. read more

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ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL PARTNER IN CRIME OF NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS MOSOP

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT PRIMARILY HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TRAGEDY IN OGONILAND, WHILE ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL IS A PARTNER IN CRIME: Says MOSOP. 17 September 2011

A MOSOP Committee set up on the 18th of August, 2011 by MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo to review the Nigerian Government threat that: “Pollution or no pollution, oil production will go on in Ogoniland as already planned,” submitted its report at a MOSOP General Assembly Meeting at Nonwa on Friday, 16th September, 2011. The Committee Report holds the Nigerian Government primarily responsible for the environmental tragedy in Ogoniland, saying that the Royal Dutch/Shell is a partner in crime. The Committee, which included representatives of ten affiliates of MOSOP, recommended what it calls “justifiable stiffer resistance,” against attempts to seize lands or resume oil production in Ogoniland. The resistance package includes use of tactics to protect Ogonis, their families and property against physical attack. The tactics are part of the indigenous Ogoni customary and traditional law, designed to prevent desecration of ancestral lands and sacred sites. read more

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MOSOP URGES BISHOP KUKAH TO END CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MOSOP (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People)

8 September 2011

MOSOP URGES Dr. GOODLUCK JONATHAN’ PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TO END CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA.

In a congratulatory message today to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo implored Bishop Kukah on his installation as the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese to champion the cause to end corruption in Nigeria and to promote economic and political justice.

Dr. said: “In your capacity as Chairman of the Ogoni –Shell Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Presidential Committee, I implore you to use your new position to work towards the meeting of minds in the Ogoni situation, in a way that can usher in peace and promote economic and political justice in Nigeria. read more

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MOSOP to explore whether Dutch law can provide justice for the Ogoni people

MOSOP WANTS THE TRUTH IN A DUTCH-NIGERIAN ACTIVIST TERRORIST CHARGE

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP says it is treating the case of Mr. Sunny Ofehe in The Netherlands with the basic principle of law that an accused remains innocent, until proven guilty.

In an online statement, MOSOP President /Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo said the responsibility in the dispensation of justice does not end with the accused, but that the prosecutor has obligation to discharge its duty in a transparent manner that will protect the sanctity of the Dutch Law and the diplomatic respect that The Netherlands enjoys as an openly democratic society and the host of several important international institutions, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. read more

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BEYOND UNEP REPORT, CRIMINAL LIABILITY SHOULD BE SLAMMED ON SHELL OIL COMPANY

Nigeria’s then acting President Goodluck Jonathan with President Obama in 2010

By KORNEBARI NWIKE

8/28/2011

President Goodluck Jonathan constituted a special committee on oil pollution in Ogoniland recently, according to him; to perform a “holistic review of the UNEP report.” The committee is chaired by Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources and former Shell Oil Company employee. The committee also has Mr. Austen Oniwon, Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) as a member. Technically, this committee is a consortium of oil conglomerate. NNPC and Shell Oil Company are partners in the operation of oil business in Nigeria. A child of circumstance, the ad hoc committee was born as an aftermath of the recent shocking revelation in the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) report that almost all the Ogoni environment is contaminated by oil pollutants. read more

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Shell’s failure to protect Nigeria pipeline ‘led to sabotage’

Shell Nigeria’s declaration this week that it cannot meet its international commitment to export 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil was caused by the company withdrawing contracts to pay people to monitor and protect the pipeline, Shell and independent reports indicate.

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Attacks on key pipeline force company to declare ‘force majeure’ and reduce exports by 300,000 barrels a day

A man holds a shell coated in oil from a polluted river in the Niger delta. Photograph: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

Shell Nigeria‘s declaration this week that it cannot meet its international commitment to export 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil was caused by the company withdrawing contracts to pay people to monitor and protect the pipeline, Shell and independent reports indicate.

Nine oil spills in three weeks along one pipeline in the Niger Delta have forced Shell Nigeria to declare that it cannot meet its international contracts to export 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil.

Nine oil spills in three weeks along the Adibawa-Okordia pipeline in the Niger Delta are believed to be the result of sabotage by disaffected youths using hacksaws. An unknown quantity of oil has been lost and, since 2 August, fishing grounds and farmland have been polluted . With three more spills reported in the last 24 hours it appears that the company has now lost some control of the pipeline. read more

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Nigeria’s oil-tainted Ogoni weary of blame game

AUSTIN EKEINDE OGONILAND, NIGERIA – Aug 24 2011 18:01

Skillfully scooping water from beneath a thick black carpet of crude, veteran Nigerian fisherman Suagelo Kpalap gives a shrug of resignation at the mention of the latest twist in an oil spill blame game he’s watched for decades.

A United Nations (UN) report released in August told Kpalap and the other inhabitants of Ogoniland, a region within the vast, oil-rich Niger Delta, what they’ve known for years — their environment is dangerously polluted and Royal Dutch Shell and the government aren’t doing enough to clean it up.

“Oil spills have wasted my life, my environment and livelihood. There isn’t much for me to enjoy at my age,” the 57-year old said, wiping oil-stained hands on ragged clothes. “My fishing nets are all soaked in oil, I don’t have money to get new ones and my canoes have been destroyed by the spills.” read more

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MEND Accuses Shell of Sponsoring UNEP Ogoniland Report

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Joy Olekanma: 14 August 2011

Port Harcourt — Government for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has on Thursday accused oil giant, Shell of sponsoring the report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the oil spills in Ogoniland.

MEND frowned at the acceptance of the report by President Goodluck Jonathan, adding that the claim by UNEP that it would take 30 years to clean up Ogoni environment was an attempt to reclaim the area for Shell.

The statement, which was signed by MEND spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo said; “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) views the Shell Petroleum sponsored, U.N report on the degradation of the environment of the Niger Delta and its inhabitants by the deliberately irresponsible activities of western oil companies as a pathetic attempt at trivializing the wave of destruction wrought on the ecology of the Niger delta, the lifestyle and dignity of its people by criminal oil companies occupying the Niger delta forcibly for the sole purpose of plundering the resources of its people. read more

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MOSOP DISASSOCIATES ITSELF FROM STATEMENT BY LEDUM MITEE ON UNEP OGONILAND REPORT

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People MOSOP hereby disassociates itself from a Statement purportedly issued by former MOSOP President, Mr. Ledum Mitee on the UNEP Ogoniland Report, stipulating 30 days ultimatum for action on the UNEP Ogoniland report.

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A UN report criticises Royal Dutch Shell over pollution in Ogoniland

Aug 13th 2011

BY BOOTING out Royal Dutch Shell in 1993, the 500,000 inhabitants of Nigeria’s Ogoniland hoped to take the first step towards cleaning up their homeland, a small region within the creeks and swamps of the vast Niger Delta, Africa’s biggest oil-producing region. Almost 20 years later, a new report from the UN says it could take 30 years and at least $1 billion to rid the poisoned mangroves of a thick, black carpet of crude.

The report, the most extensive, scientific research carried out in the Niger Delta, found that some families were drinking water contaminated with 900 times as much benzene, a carcinogen, as is deemed safe by the World Health Organisation. It said areas that Shell had said were clean were in fact still polluted. It also exposed serious failures on the part of Shell and Nigeria’s national oil company NNPC, which it says failed to follow their own best operating practices. Some infrastructure, the report said, was unsafe and could cause further spills. Shell said the “report makes a valuable contribution”, and that it was reviewing its practices. read more

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Shell VP Andrew Vickers comments on UNEP Ogoniland Report

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Mutiu Sunmonu, Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) comments on the report and outlines how the company is taking action to prevent operational spills.

EMAIL SENT TO OGONI SCIENTISTS OKEKE UCHE AND ANASONYE BY SHELL VICE PRESIDENT ANDREW VICKERS, ON BEHALF OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC CEO PETER VOSER

WE RECEIVED THIS COPY FROM MR VICKERS

(ARTICLE CONTAINING INITIAL EMAIL: Nigerian Ogoniland oilspillage cleanup issue)
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Nigerian Ogoniland oilspillage cleanup issue

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Received by email from Okeke Uche and Anasonye Festus (Scientists, University of Helsinki, Finland). Also sent to Jorma Ollia and Peter Voser, Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Greetings………

Our attention has been drawn to the most recent report on the oil spillage issue in the Ogoniland, Nigeria. This is a great victory for us and has been long overdue.

We have gathered from many sources that the United Nations is interested in  monitoring the cleaning up of Ogoniland oil spillage which should last for several years.

Most recently, we have also gathered that the Federal Government of Nigeria is considering taking over the responsibility for cleaning up Ogoniland through the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) of Nigeria (“Nigeria: FG to Clean up Ogoniland“, 7/08/2011. This Day Newspaper, Nigeria). read more

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OGONI ACTIVISTS ACCUSE SHELL OF ‘ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM’

Extracts from a Press Statement issued by the National Union of Ogoni Students, USA.

On August 04, 2011 the world had a preview of the report of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) sent to the Nigerian government after 14 months of studying the impact of Shell Oil Company’s operations in Ogoni.

The report was astonishing and confirmed the toxicology of the Ogoni environment as a result of oil exploration, pollution, spillages and negligence. The report also collaborated on genocidal claim by Ogoni people as they experience slow death resulting from oil agents like benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene (BTEX), mercury, PAHs, VOC, polluted reactive gases, and metals. read more

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MOSOP PRESIDENT REFUTES CORRUPTION ALLEGATION

By John Donovan

We have printed below an email we have received purportedly from MOSOP President Dr Goodluck Diigbo replying to corruption allegations made against him.  The”Amaechi”mentioned in the email is a reference to Chibuike Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State in Nigeria.

The email was addressed to fellow Ogonis, Austin Lemea, and refers to Patrick Naagbaaton, another Ogoni activist. We are in possession of email correspondence from both of these individuals relating to Nigerian politics, Shell and the recent UNEP report on Nigerian oil spills.
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Nigeria: Oil-polluted Ogoniland could become environmental model

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UN says clean-up operation following two massive oil spills in the Niger Delta could benefit other African countries developing their oil reserves

Crude oil spilled in the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in Ogoniland. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Ogoniland is one of the most oil-polluted places on earth but it could become a model for other countries wanting to clean up their environments or avoid making the same mistakes, the UN has said.

This could be the world’s biggest oil contamination clean-up,” said Nick Nuttall, spokesman for the UN’s environment programme (UNEP) director, Achim Steiner. “It is up to the government of Nigeria what happens now, but [from talks with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja this week] there appears to be a willingness to act,” he said while in London. read more

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Shell Defends Self Over Oil Pollution in Ogoniland

By  Chuks Okocha  and Omon-Julius Onabu

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has absolved itself of any wrongdoing in respect of the widely reported 2008 oil spills in Ogoni communities in the Niger-Delta.

Apparently reacting to the recent report by the United Nations Environmental Programme on the pollution of Ogoniland, which indicted Shell, SPDC Managing Director, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, said “oil spills in the Niger-Delta are a tragedy,” adding, also, that the company “takes them very seriously”. read more

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Shell’s appalling record of pollution in Ogoniland

In the last 48 hours, oil giant Shell’s appalling record of pollution in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta has come under intense scrutiny. Below are some of the key stories, links and videos on this urgent issue. Please share them widely with everyone you know.

· BBC World News: live interview with PLATFORM

This top story on BBC World News exposes the shocking extent of Shell’s 50 years of oil spills in Ogoni. A UN report released yesterday accuses Shell of failing to maintain leaking pipelines and covering up the pollution by certifying heavily contaminated sites as “clean”. PLATFORM’s Ben Amunwa provided the analysis. read more

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MOSOP challenges integrity of UNEP Report


Press Statement issued by Dr. Goodluck Diigbo MOSOP President/Spokesman

AUGUST 5, 2011

At a MOSOP Emergency General Meeting in Bori, headquarters of Ogoniland on August 4, 2011, MOSOP welcomes the increased awareness the UNEP report on Ogoniland is likely to create about the continued threat of possible extinction to the Ogoni people arising from oil operations in the past 55 years. However, MOSOP resolves to dispute the integrity of the UNEP Report on Ogoniland, which was paid for with $9.5 million by the polluters, including Royal-Dutch/Shell.

MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo, says MOSOP is challenging the integrity of the report, recalling an earlier confession by UNEP team leader Mike Cowing that the report has been informed by data and information solely supplied by Shell and the government, without actual study on the ground. The purported UNEP meeting with 23,000 Ogonis is only on paper, and there is no evidence to prove who attended, what review was done, agreements reached, if any and Ogonis who signed such agreements as proof of public participation as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment Study, EIAS due process. read more

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Ogonis divided over Shell compensation

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Shell’s admission of responsibility for two major oil spills in the Niger Delta region has provoked reactions ranging from jubilation to cynicism. The Bodo fishing community had taken the Anglo-Dutch oil giant to court in the UK, claiming oil pollution has left the environment, and their livelihood, in ruins.

By Emmanuel Mayah, Lagos

Previously Shell has always maintained that oil spills in the Niger Delta were largely caused by sabotage by crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals. However the company finally admitted that two devastating spills in 2008 and 2009 were a result of equipment failure. read more

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MOSOP Feels Vindicated by Shell Company’s Spill Admission

MOSOP president Ledum Mitee says the admission proves MOSOP’s non-violent agitation over the years can yield positive results

James Butty: August 05, 2011

The president of the movement for the survival of the ogoni people (MOSOP) said Shell Oil’s acceptance of responsibility for two oil spills in 2008 and 2009 vindicates the ogoni people’s claims that the company had been responsible for environmental degradation in the region.

Ledum Mitee said shell oil’s mea culpa and Thursday’s United Nations report on the magnitude and impact of oil spills in the Niger Delta prove that MOSOP’S non-violent agitation over the years can yield positive results. read more

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