UK, U.S. Considered Oil Sanctions After Saro-Wiwa's Execution

The British files, released under the country's declassification rules, shows that UK officials sought a navy-backed oil embargo against Nigeria, following the 1995 execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other members of Nigeria's Ogoni community. The activists led protests against the pollution of Ogoni land and this was seen as a threat to the regime of Sani Abacha, former military ruler, and Shell, a major oil company in Nigeria.

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