25 Years Later, Still No Justice for Nigeria’s 9 Ogoni Activists

On November 10, 1995, nine Nigerian environmental activists accused of murder, were executed by former military ruler Sani Abacha. Their deaths sparked an international outcry that lingers to this day. The men executed, were a group that became known as the "Ogoni Nine" - activists that included writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. They were protesting against Shell's exploitation of the Niger Delta. The nine were arrested and executed, after a trial that was widely seen as flawed. The Ogoni widows sued Shell for its alleged role in the unlawful arrest, detention, and execution of their husbands, for opposing the oil giant and the military government. Shell denied the allegations.

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Polluted water in Ogoniland: The oil industry has been key to the economy for more than 50 years, but Nigerians have paid a high price (file photo).

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