Jun 29, 2017

Nigeria: Ogoni widows sue Shell over military crackdown

The widows of four men executed by Nigeria's military regime in 1995 are suing oil giant Shell for alleged complicity in a military crackdown. The latest case against Royal Dutch Shell has been filed by four of the wives of the men - political activists known as the Ogoni nine - and is supported by Amnesty International. In response Shell - the largest oil producer in Nigeria - said that it "Did not collude with the authorities to suppress community unrest and in no way encouraged or advocated any act of violence in Nigeria." "The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited appealed to the Nigerian government to grant clemency. To our deep regret, that appeal, and the appeals made by many others within and outside Nigeria, went unheard." Shell has also faced lawsuits over oil spills and environmental damage in the Delta region.

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