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When corporate strategies backfire: Shell in Nigeria

When Shell aren’t spilling oil in Nigeria, they’re finding new ways to otherwise lose it. According to reports, one third of Shell’s daily oil extraction in Nigeria – some 300,000 barrels per day – is currently shut in at the Adibawa oil field in Bayelsa State. Shell declared a “force majeure” on 23 August, suspending...

Niger Delta activist to stand trial in Holland

Sunny Ofehe, known as Comrade Sunny to his friends and colleagues, is to stand trial today in a Rotterdam court on charges of conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism. Ofehe was arrested on 22 February 2011, originally on “suspicion of people smuggling and forgery” and has been in detention since then. The Dutch authorities...

Aljazeera: UN slams Shell over Nigeria pollution

Aljazeera produced this excellent video about Shell’s oil spills in Ogoni. In it, Ledum Mittee of MOSOP (the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People) calls on the Nigerian government to revoke Shell’s licence.

“Nowhere and no-one has escaped” – message from Bodo, Nigeria

This video, made by Amnesty International, shows the horrifying extent of the pollution in Bodo village, where two oil spills from a burst Shell pipeline devastated the land and water which 70,000 local villagers depend on for their survival.

The struggle for justice in Ogoni

Here is a heartfelt comment piece in The Guardian on the local reaction in Ogoni to Shell’s oil spill payout. Shell has admitted liability but has a long way to go to make amends Oil spills destroyed my village in Nigeria and decades of environmental and social injustice are still to be addressed. By Patrick...

Breaking: Delta Activists Respond to UNEP Report

Below is a press release from ERA/FoE Nigeria, in response to UNEP’s publication – in the last half hour – of its report on the ecological impact of oil spills in Ogoni. Local activists argue that UNEP’s recommendation for a $1 billion fund for restoration in Ogoni is a token. 4 August 2011 UNEP Report:...

Protesters Storm Shell Base at Kolo Creek

On Thursday 7 July, shortly after 6am, women and youth from communities in the Kolo Creek area of the Niger Delta protested against more than a decade of broken promises, oil spills and gas flaring from Shell. With only placards and palm fronds, peaceful protestors confronted heavily armed military soldiers and succeeded in breaching the gates of the Shell...

Report: 2 Protesters Shot and Gov’t Official Killed in Ogoniland

Disturbing news has emerged that on Sunday 12 June, 2 Ogoni youth were reportedly shot dead by Nigerian police following a protest against the relocation of Bori Camp military base to Ogoniland. A government official who was backing the Rivers State Government’s plan was also reported killed in a retaliation. Saharareporter’s investigations revealed that trouble...

Event: “Violence on Trial”

Violence on Trial Thursday, April 28 · 6:00pm – 11:30pm Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, London E2 9RF Alongside a host of exciting speakers, PLATFORM will be presenting on oil, insurgency and “corporate violence” in Nigeria and beyond. Using the crisis between the Ogoni and Shell as a starting point, PLATFORM will be discussing the...