26 February 2019

Nigeria: Shell's Conduct in Ogoni Shameful, Crime Against Humanity - MOSOP

Photo: Amnesty International
Pastor Christian Lekoya Kpandei's hand covered in oily mud, Bodo Creek, in 2011. His fish farm once provided a living for about 30 families. Its collapse forced him to move to a single-room apartment, to pull his youngest child out of school and left him with no regular source of income.

President of Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke, has described the conduct of Shell Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, in Ogon, Rivers State, as a national shame and crime against humanity.

Nsuke who spoke in K-Dere in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, while conducting journalists around oil spill sites in Ogoni, said in a country where citizens health and welfare were taken seriously, the oil mining licence of Shell would have been withdrawn.

"If Nigeria were to be a country concerned about the health of citizens, there is no reason why the atrocities of Shell Petroleum in Ogoni would have been left unpunished, in fact, the company's oil mining licence would have been withdrawn," he said.

Describing Shell as a killer, Nsuke demanded the revocation of Shell's oil mining licence in Ogoni.

He said Shells conduct in over 50 years of operating in Ogoni had been very irresponsible and their continued retention of the licence to operate in Ogoni was not justifiable.

Nsuke said "The conflict between Shell and the Ogoni people had been most devastating leading to the death of thousands of Ogonis and such evil are not so easy to forget. It will therefore, be right to withdraw Shell from Ogoni and discuss with Ogoni people on acceptable terms for a new operator.

"What Shell has done in Ogoni is crime against humanity and a national shame that should be severely punished," Nsuke said.

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