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Nigerian communities sue Shell in London

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By Abraham Adekunle

About 11,000 Nigerians submit petition at the London High Court.

In 2021, the United Kingdom Supreme Court allowed a group of 42,500 Nigerian farmers and fishermen to sue Shell in the English courts after years of oil spills had contaminated their land and ground water. Presently, more than 11,000 Nigerians from the oil-producing Niger Delta region have filed a compensation claim against Shell at the London High Court. This latest step will test whether multinational companies can be held accountable for the actions of their oversea subsidiaries.

On February 2, 2023, a UK law firm, Leigh Day, said that it had filed claims on behalf of 11,317 people and 17 churches and schools from Ogale Community in the Niger Delta region for compensation for loss of livelihoods and damages against Shell. The law firm said that this is in addition the petition brought forward by members of Bille Community in 2015. According to the law firm, that brings the total number of villagers seeking compensation from Shell to 13,652. The claims say oil spills resulting from Shell’s operations in the Niger Delta have destroyed farms, contaminated drinking water and harmed aquatic life.

Shell said oil spills caused by illegal third-party interference.

Leigh Day announced in a statement, “The next stage in the case is for a case management hearing to be set in Spring 2023, ahead of the full trial which is likely to occur the following year.” A Shell spokesperson told the press that the majority of oil spills related to the Ogale and Bille claims were caused by illegal third-party interference, which includes pipeline sabotage. However, Shell said that it will continue to clean the affected areas.

The spokesperson said that Shell as a company believes litigation does little in addressing the real problems in the Niger Delta, which include: oil spills due to crude oil theft, illegal refining and sabotage. The Shell representative said that the company is constantly faced with these problems that cause the most environmental damage. Oil spills are not uncommon in the Niger Delta due to vandalism and corrosion. The region is a vast maze of creeks and mangrove swamps crisscrossed by pipelines and blighted by poverty, pollution, oil-fueled corruption and violence.

Amnesty International Nigeria says Shell must clean up oil spills.

Reacting to the news, Amnesty International’s Head of Business and Human Rights, Mark Dummett, said that the organization stands by these two communities in the Niger Delta. The communities have been engaged in litigation against Shell for seven years. Their claim is simply that the company should clean up the damages that the company has caused and compensate them for their lost livelihoods. The people of the communities said that the company’s activities have wrecked their livelihoods, poisoned their wells, and polluted their land and water, which means they can no longer farm or fish.

Shell announced in 2021 that it plans to sell its onshore oil fields and assets in the Niger Delta region after 60 years of profitable operation in the area. Amnesty International expressed its concerns that Shell has not explained how it plans to address the widespread and systemic pollution of Nigerian communities, which were linked to its operations over many years before it sold its assets and exits. The case is now proceeding to trial to determine whether Shell’s parent company in London and its Nigerian subsidiary (Shell Petroleum Development Company) are legally responsible for the harm caused to the communities in the region.

Director of Amnesty says this would attract severe consequences elsewhere.

Osai Ojigho, the Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said that if this level of contamination and pollution had happened in Europe or North America, it is hard to even imagine that there would not have been swift and severe consequences and legal redress against Shell’s parent company and its subsidiaries. “Shell should clean up the pollution the oil has caused in these communities and compensate those whose livelihoods have been devastated and whose health has been harmed,” she said.


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1 year ago

Nigerian communities sue Shell in LondonAbout 11,000 Nigerians submit petition at the London High Court. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
1 year ago

The shell company should do more to help the environment of the people. They have degraded the environment of the oil owners. There is need for them to protect their environment more.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

It is very unfortunate and sad that the shell petroleum company can cause this and do away with it without any consequence,but this is so because the people in Nigeria government doesn’t care about their citizens rather they are all fighting for their selfish interest to the detriment of others.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
1 year ago

According to the representative, Shell as a firm believes that litigation doesn’t accomplish anything to address the Niger Delta’s true problems, which include oil spills caused by crude oil theft, illegal refining, and sabotage.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

It is very sad that an oil producing state still lives in abject poverty. Their farmlands and rivers which is their source of livelihood have been polluted by oil spillage. Now about 11,000 Nigerians from these regions have submit petition at the London High Court against shell. I hope it will be treated urgently.

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

Since the United Kingdom Supreme Court have allowed a group of 42,500 Nigerian farmers and fishermen to sue Shell in the
English courts after years of oil spills that had contaminated their land and ground water receive justice to their petitions? These have crude oil but still live in poverty. Please, they deserve positive response.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

Nigerian communities sue Shell in London. For all this due is not necessary at all. Government has not done the needful. If government value it citizens all this nonsense won’t happen. They only care about money

Christiana
Christiana
Member
1 year ago

It’s tragic that a country that produces so much oil can’t pull itself out of its poverty. The oil leak has contaminated their crops and rivers, robbing them of their means of subsistence.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
1 year ago

The shell corporation needs to take greater action to improve people’s living conditions. As a result, the oil company’s ecosystem has suffered. They should take greater measures to preserve their natural resources.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
1 year ago

Oil spills due to crude oil robbery, illegal refining, and sabotage, the spokesperson said, are the real problems in the Niger Delta, and litigation won’t solve them.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

It is terrible that a nation with such a large oil production cannot lift itself out of poverty. Their farms and rivers have been ruined by the oil leak, depriving them of their source of food.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

Following several years of oil leaks that polluted their land and ground water, a group of Nigerian farmers and fishermen were granted permission by the United Kingdom Supreme Court to file a lawsuit against Shell in the courts of England.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

According to the allegations, oil spills that were caused by Shell’s operations in the Niger Delta have caused damage to aquatic life, as well as ruined farmland and poisoned drinking water.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

The majority of oil leaks connected to the Ogale and Bille claims were caused by illegal action from a third party, including sabotage of pipelines.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

I hope this matter is attend urgently due to oil linkage and oil theft have pollute the environment and it as been a while this oil linkage has been happen the shell company are polluting the environment with oil spill

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

The residents of the communities have stated that the actions of the firm have destroyed their means of subsistence and contaminated their wells.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

The spokesperson for Shell stated that the corporation is consistently confronted with these issues, which are the ones that inflict the most damage to the environment.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

That the Shell Petroleum Company can cause this and then get rid of it without facing any kind of repercussions is a very bad and upsetting situation.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

Shell has not elaborated on how the company intends to address the broad and pervasive pollution that affects communities in Nigeria.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

Quite unfortunate, Oil spillage has resulted to a lot of damages in the Niger Delta and its from Shell’s operations. Shell said that it will continue to clean the affected areas
They should do as they’ve said and beyond it will revive their environment.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

It is unfortunate that a country that generates so much oil cannot lift itself out of poverty. The oil spill has poisoned their farms and rivers, depriving them of their means of subsistence.