(THOUSANDS OF NIGERIANS DEMAND ACTIONS FROM SHELL TO CLEAN UP OIL SPILLS THAT HAVE DESTROYED COMMUNITIES FOR DECADES IN NIGERIA).
In conclusion of the saying how corrupt Nigeria seems to be, the people of Ogale and Bille conclude also that the courts are more corrupt and has taken the case to United Kingdom.
The British High Court began hearing lawsuits on Tuesday filed by the Ogale and Bille people alleging that decades of oil spills have fouled the water and destroyed the lives of thousands of fishermen and farmers in the Niger Delta, where a shell subsidiary has operated since the 1950s. The Nigerian water is contaminated with oil and cancer-causing compounds such as benzene. It is what his people drink every day.
(Let the shareholders of Shell who are residents of the advanced world, like Britain, let them see a representative of a kingdom that is being destroyed for them to have money, he says that is blood money).
The Ogale and Bille communities account for only a small portion of the millions of Nigerians that human rights activists say have been injured by contamination they say would never have been allowed in the home countries of the multinational oil companies that operate in partnership with the Nigerian government.
London law firm Leigh Day is handling the cases after it won a landmark agreement from Shell to pay $83.5m in compensation to the Bodo community for damage caused by oil spills in 2008 and 2009. Shell originally offered $50,000 before the Bodo took their case to the Uk court.
Shell was the first oil company to operate in Nigeria, stating production in 1958. In the 1990s, the military government sent armed troops to put down protests by the Ogoni people, turning the oil-producing south into a war zone.
One of the leaders of those protests was Ken Saro- Wiwa, a writer and environmental activist whose opposition helped stop Shell’s production in Ogoniland. He and eight others were hanged by the government of military dictator Sani Abacha in November 1995 in a case the US condemned.