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TERRORISM ALERT! Nov 25 2001
SHELL TERRORISM IN NIGERIA- A CRY FOR FREEDOM !
Shell came into Nigeria in the early part of the last century and started exploitation in the Niger-Delta in 1958. They have over the years carried out lots of illicit deals and destroyed our people and their environment. They came in gradually as friends and now they stand and live with us as Terrorists in our communities . They are the real terrorist . They have support from our government and all multinational institutions to kill us, destroy our communities, steal our resources and destroy our natural environment.
Shell actually does business in Nigeria, they drill oil, destroy communities and kill anybody who cares to speak .They have killed many like Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni eight through an organised tribunal with the Federal government of Nigeria.
Ken Saro-Wiwa will forever be remembered for his brave and sincere stand in the fight for freedom of the Niger-delta People. This reflects fully in his STATEMENT TO THE OGONI CIVIL DISTURBANCES TRIBUNAL .
Shell is the world's highiest adapting conglomerate since history. They are very good in adapting to different government to suite their selfish interest.In the Military Era in Nigeria, they engineered the setting up of tribunals to arrange anyone that feels strong to speak in any of their Niger-Delta operating communities and it works well for them. Now they are out with their new plan- using the democratic government and structure to their favour again.Just some few weeks ago Caring ShEll filed a case in The federal High court, holding in Benin city against some youth they claim have vandalised their peroleum instulations.Shell is currently demanding over $48 Million US dollar claim from these youth.
Though Shell is still bent on desroying the people of the Niger-delta and their communities, those left after the killing of our Heros are today remembering and marking their greatness all over the world.We have setup our monitoring team to follow-up this case We hope to bring you more update on our subsequent release..
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The Nigeria Niger-Delta people since the discovery of oil in the early part of this century have had no peace no progress. It has been one night mare to another . This month is the rememberance of Ken Saro-wiwa and other freedom fighters of the region. We at the Nigeria IMC is bringing into focus the position and activities of SHELL in Nigeria.
Below is a story made from MOSOP and other movement in the region.
The Shell Oil Company began its intrusion into Ogoni with its discovery of oil there in 1958. The Ogoni people had been living relatively peaceful lives, fishing and practicing subsistence farming in order to survive.
To date, some 900 million barrels of oil worth some 30 billion US dollars has been taken from the land in Ogoni. The Ogoni have seen nearly none of the financial benefits of the oil, having no running water, no electricity and improper government health services. However, their land has been ruined by oil blowouts, gas flaring and other oil operations. Shell has waged ecological war against the Ogoni people.
The Ogoni people have been denied reward for the oil under their soil because of the unholy alliance between Shell and the Nigerian dictatorship. Oil revenue accounts for ninety percent of Nigeria's foreign export earnings. This money helps bankroll the dictatorship's military occupation of Ogoni. The compensation that a specify Ogoni person might receive for oil operations directly on their land land is ridiculously low.
For example, for an oil spill on a subsistence farmer's land, the farmer would received a maximum of 300 Naira per hectare of millet, the equivalent of some ten US dollars at the time.
By 1990, the Ogoni people had had enough. They issued an Ogoni Bill of Rights that called for their own control over their resources, and autonomy over their own affairs. The Ogoni people organized themselves into a massive, democratic organization called MOSOP (Click here to read extensive background materials on MOSOP), which issued a notice to Shell and the other oil companies to clean-up their acts or get out of Ogoni. (Click here to read extensive background materials on MOSOP.)
MOSOP and the Ogoni people's first massive peaceful protest was the January 4th, 1993 demonstration. More than 300,000 Ogoni took to the streets and not a soul was injured. Disturbed by the effectiveness of MOSOP's organization, Shell officials began to meet with Nigerian representatives to find a way to stop MOSOP. It was clear in these meetings that Shell was passing on information to the Nigerian military that could potentially threaten the safety of Ogoni activists.
Up until they claimed to have stopped operations in Ogoni (early 1993), Shell had 96 oil wells on 5 oil fields. It is at these oil fields that gas flaring went on for more than thirty-five years. Shell's pipelines crisscross all of Ogoni. Shell has also built a fertilizer plant, two oil refineries, a petrochemical plant and a seaport. Chevron operates the little that Shell does not in Ogoni.
In 1993, a number of raids against Ogoni communities were played up by the Nigerian dictatorship as being ethnic clashes between the Ogoni and Andoni people. The truth was that the raids were perpetrated by the Nigerian dictatorship. Strangely, when so-called peace talks were forced upon the Ogoni and Andoni people, Shell was present.
Also, during an October 18th, 1993 demonstration of Ogoni people outside a Shell facility in Korokoro, the oil company ordered Nigerian sliders to fire on the villagers, killing one Ogoni man and wounding two others.
Some Ogoni people have lost their lives protesting pipeline expansions onto their land. The Nigerian military routinely accompanies oil officials as they try and expand their operations. Shell has often made requests for a heavy military presence at their facilities, even in the face of peaceful protest movements like the Ogoni's.
Shell has long denied that it financially supports the military forces in Nigeria. However, in leaked memos, the Nigerian military have made it clear that they expect Shell to pay for their military operations in Ogoni. In late 1995, it also emerged that Shell had been buying weapons for the Nigerian police that operate around oil facilities. These are some of the police/military forces that have brutalized the Ogoni people.
There is a precedent for the close relationship between Shell and the Nigerian military. In October of 1990, the Etche community in Rivers State (neighbours of the Ogoni), was attacked by the Mobile Police Force after a peaceful demonstration outside of a Shell facility. Shell requested that the Mobile Police Force come into the area. Eighty people were killed and four hundred and ninety-five houses burned down.
Although Shell denies any direct involvement in any violence in Ogoni, they are always in the background, providing support and advice to the military in their operations to remove the Ogoni people from their oil-rich homeland.
To this day, Shell continues to have the Nigerian military intimidate communities on their behalf. In early 1996, a case emerged in which the Nigerian military threatened individuals suing Shell in Nigeria.
Shell has kept any existing environmental records of their Nigerian operations under wrap. Although they regularly conduct Environmental Impact Assessments about their operations in Western nations, they have been irresponsible with their treatment of the environment of Ogoni and the entire Niger Delta. The one Environmental Impact Assessment they did release to The Body Shop International for analysis, was found to be severely inadequate.
The operations of Shell in Ogoni have created a disaster for the people and the land. The results have been widely recorded by visitors, most of whom have had to hide from Nigerian and Shell officials. Expert environmental consultants have been long prevented from visiting the area.
In 1995, Shell, along with its friends in the Nigerian dictatorship, announced they would finally appoint an Environmental Survey of the Niger Delta. It was stacked by the Nigerian dictatorship and Shell so as to report findings friendly to the alliance of the dictatorship and the Oil Company. The Chairman was the former Managing Director of Dunlop Nigeria, a company that used Shell oil for its products. The Survey ran into deep difficulty when its most respected independent member, Professor Claude Ake, resigned because of Shell's mishandling of the entire Ogoni situation.
Throughout the crisis, Shell has claimed that it spends healthy amounts of money in Ogoni. It is simply untrue. From Shell Nigeria's own records, it is clear that this claim does not hold up.
Throughout the trial of MOSOP President Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight Ogoni co-defendants in 1995, Shell kept a watching brief in the Port Harcourt courtroom. (Click here to read extensive background materials on Ken Saro-Wiwa.) This was strange since Ken and his co-defendants were being railroaded by a military appointed tribunal on trumped up charges of consipiring to kill their own people. The oddity of Shell's watching brief at the trial was pointed out by Michael Birnbaum QC, who attended the proceedings as an observer and prepared a report on the trial entitled: A Travesty of Law and Justice: An Analysis of the Judgement on the case of Ken Saro-Wiwa and others.
Proof of Shell's influence over the Nigerian dictatorship was perhaps most telling during the meetings between Dr. Owens Wiwa (Ken Saro-Wiwa's brother) and Shell Nigeria's Managing Director, Brian Anderson in 1995. Mr. Anderson guaranteed that Ken would be unharmed if MOSOP called off its international campaign. Even after the hanging of Saro-Wiwa and the others on November 10th, 1995, Shell did not send any condolences to the Saro-Wiwa family even though they had been a part of the whole process of advising the Nigerian dictatorship about how to combat the Ogoni campaign and had had contact with Saro-Wiwa on many occasions.
It is common knowledge that there has been internal divisions in Shell because of its operations in Ogoni. Reports of Dutch Shell staff resigning were reported in late 1995 after the hanging of MOSOP President Ken Saro-Wiwa. Some former senior Shell staff have spoken publicly about the poor way in which Shell has operated in Ogoni.
Shell has been working hard behind the scenes, trying to manipulate the Ogoni people so that they can start their operations once more. The Ogoni people still refuse to let Shell into Ogoni until they properly compensate the Ogoni people for decades of pollution, and pay the Ogoni a fair share of oil revenue.
The Ogoni people are not alone in their struggle with Shell. In other parts of the Niger Delta, some ethnic groups who have experienced similar prejudice, have now started their own resistance to the Shell operations in their areas.
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