Ogoni Nine: Shell’s lawyers refusing to hand over “critical” evidence – Amnesty International

Ken Saro-Wiwa, one of nine Ogoni community activists executed after an unfair trial in 1995.
Ken Saro-Wiwa, one of nine Ogoni community activists executed after an unfair trial in 1995.

The civil suit filed against Shell in the Netherlands for its alleged complicity in the killing of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists by the Nigerian government has taken an interesting turn, as lawyers to the oil giant are being accused of refusing to hand over evidence said to be critical to the case.

The nine men, popularly referred to as ‘Ogoni Nine’ were executed in 1995 by Nigeria’s military regime under controversial circumstances.

The widows of four of the men, led by Esther Kiobel, are the plaintiffs in the case which was first filed in 2001 in the U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, without hearing the substance of the case, had ruled that the U.S. did not have jurisdiction.

The widows filed the lawsuit in the Netherlands on June 28.

An international human rights NGO, Amnesty International, said in a statement Friday that the U.S. law firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, has refused to hand over more than 100,000 internal documents considered crucial to the case.

The Amnesty International directly accused Shell of trying to prevent the release of vital information.

Shell’s lawyers, according to the NGO, have appealed against the judgment of a U.S. federal court which ordered Shell to turn over the documents.

An Appeal Court in New York is said to be set to hear the first appeal on September 12.

“Shell has gone to extraordinary lengths to withhold this critical information,” said Audrey Gaughran, Senior Director of Research at Amnesty International.

“Because the documents in question are so old, it is highly unlikely that there are legitimate business reasons for keeping them confidential. So, what does Shell have to hide?” Ms. Gaughran said.

“Having reviewed the available evidence, Amnesty International believes that Shell was complicit in putting the Ogoni Nine at the mercy of a government it knew to be serial human rights abuser.

“Given the seriousness of the allegations, it is vital that Shell releases the rest of the information. It cannot be allowed to hide behind expensive legal teams and sleights of hand to avoid facing justice,” she said.

Mrs. Kiobel is represented in the proceedings by EarthRights International, an international human rights and environmental justice NGO.

Shell has denied complicity in the killing of the Ogoni Nine.

A number of groups have pursued in recent years cases against Shell in courts in the United Kingdom, the United States and the Netherlands over claims related to oil spills and environmental damage, claiming they cannot get a fair hearing in Nigeria.

The Ogoni Nine were a group of nine activists from the Ogoni region of Nigeria. They were led by outspoken author and playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa, who had previously been a critic of the Royal Dutch Shell oil corporation, and had been imprisoned for a year prior to the executions in November 1995.

Others are Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine.

They were executed by hanging in 1995 by the military dictatorship of Sani Abacha and buried in Port Harcourt Cemetery.

The executions provoked international condemnation and led to the increasing treatment of Nigeria as a pariah state until Mr. Abacha’s death in 1998.


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  • Frank Bassey

    This case may die a natural death. Ogoni people are so fractionalized, internally degenerated and a people you can never predict. Can you imagine that nothing is done to remember the gruesome murder of their worthy sons by the Northern Hausa/Fulani Jihaddists which stills hold their grips on the people. Ogoni people can NEVER speak with one voice. Give them a little Naira, they become intoxicated. Look at the politics FG is playing with them over the so-called Ogoniland clean-up. That project will NEVER be accomplished. Such nonsense can never happen in Akwa-Ibom.

    • BEN IKARI

      Frank Bassey, if the truth be told and you profess it, you would agree Ogoni is the most committed oil producing ethnic group in the South-south struggle for economic, political and environmental justice. It is at the front of this struggle for freedom and self determination which brings to the country the concept and reality of resource generation, ownership and control. Thus it is a truism that Ogoni is the only precolonial ethnic nation in colonial nigeria which its people have stopped and in 24 years sustained the non-flow of oil to the criminal wazobia’s federal government. I am a proud Ogoni and not a citizen of unlawfully and artificially created nigeria by rogue britain.

      Ogoni, of course, has no state like Ibibios who have cross river and Akwa Ibom states or Ijaws who have Bayelsa state. This means we have no political structure or platform like those cited above, but have been able to achieve this feat. Indeed Saro-Wiwa and others were killed because Ogonis peacefully chased $hell and nigeria away and stopped their oil from flowing. Ogoni is also the first oil producing community and ethnic nation in colonial nigeria to take $hell to foreign courts thus have inspired others to follow suit.

      Lazy and divisive people do not make such moves and succeed. In addition, this case has nothing to do with whether Ogonis disagree sometimes and are in nigeria’s induced and imposed crisis or not. records shows that every group in nigeria including akwa ibomites have crisis and conflicts.

      Meanwhile, this case is instituted by these four widows who have control over their case, but are supported by Ogonis. If you do not know, the Bodo-Ogoni case in London against $hell succeeded despite occasional organizational and otherwise disagreements in Ogoni. Wiwa vs. $hell case in USA also settled out of court when $hell became convinced of conviction due to overwhelming evidence, which it is refusing to handover. The second case, which Mrs. Esther Kiobel was involved proceeded successfully for 10 years and ended at the Supreme Court due to corporate and national governments’ pressure from Europe and America.

      Therefore, contrary to this report, this is not the same case that was instituted in 2001 in USA and which Mrs. Kiobel was involved. It is a different case with 4 widows. Mrs. Kiobel is the only member or plaintiff in current case, from the USA case that ended at the Supreme Court, which prior to this case approved the SOSA case based on ATS provisions, though SOSA was against individual persecutor and not corporate. And, of course, corporations are people, according to same Supreme Court in a Citizens United case.

      Lastly, no other group in Nigeria has attained environmental consciousness and assessment conducted to ascertain contamination level like Ogoni, even though the UNEP recommendations, which Jonathan violated by setting up HYPREP (instead of recommended Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority meant to concentrate work in Ogoni) due to his hate for Ogoni, lack of foresight and gross incompetence. Akwa Ibom as a state has also not done what Ogoni has done environmentally and justice-wise.

      So if you think what is happening to Ogoni clean-up caused primarily by Jonathan can not happen in Akwa Ibom, which has not achieved resource control but allowing hausa-fulanis to own more than 90 percent of its oil blocs like other states in core Niger delta, you should start the assessment and otherwise processes and let us see how it goes. My earnest wish, however, is that all oil producing communities including Ogoni achieve their demands for freedom, equality and equity alongside resource control, which only commitments and honesty, hard work as demonstrated by Ogonis can cause. Hate and lies such as those expressed by you will not help the oil communities succeed against nigeria’s criminality and tyranny.

    • BEN IKARI

      Frank Bassey, if you are not using fake name thus understand one bit of what this legal matter means and who Ogonis are so can defend the lies you expressed about US, be a man or boy with two dying balls and allow my reply instead of flagging it. Falsehood can not defeat the truth. As said earlier, the truth be told and you profess it, you would agree Ogoni is the most committed oil producing ethnic group in the South-south struggle for economic, political and environmental justice. It is at the front of this struggle for freedom and self determination which brings to the country the concept and reality of resource generation, ownership and control. Thus it is a truism that Ogoni is the only precolonial ethnic nation in colonial nigeria which its people have stopped and in 24 years sustained the non-flow of oil to the criminal wazobia’s federal government. I am a proud Ogoni and not a citizen of unlawfully and artificially created nigeria by rogue britain.

      Ogoni, of course, has no state like Ibibios who have cross river and Akwa Ibom states or Ijaws who have Bayelsa state. This means we have no political structure or platform like those cited above, but have been able to achieve this feat. Indeed Saro-Wiwa and others were killed because Ogonis peacefully chased $hell and nigeria away and stopped their oil from flowing. Ogoni is also the first oil producing community and ethnic nation in colonial nigeria to take $hell to foreign courts thus have inspired others to follow suit.

      Lazy and divisive people do not make such moves and succeed. In addition, this case has nothing to do with whether Ogonis disagree sometimes and are in nigeria’s induced and imposed crisis or not. records shows that every group in nigeria including akwa ibomites have crisis and conflicts.

      Meanwhile, this case is instituted by these four widows who have control over their case, but are supported by Ogonis. If you do not know, the Bodo-Ogoni case in London against $hell succeeded despite occasional organizational and otherwise disagreements in Ogoni. Wiwa vs. $hell case in USA also settled out of court when $hell became convinced of conviction due to overwhelming evidence, which it is refusing to handover. The second case, which Mrs. Esther Kiobel was involved proceeded successfully for 10 years and ended at the Supreme Court due to corporate and national governments’ pressure from Europe and America.

      Therefore, contrary to this report, this is not the same case that was instituted in 2001 in USA and which Mrs. Kiobel was involved. It is a different case with 4 widows. Mrs. Kiobel is the only member or plaintiff in current case, from the USA case that ended at the Supreme Court, which prior to this case approved the SOSA case based on ATS provisions, though SOSA was against individual persecutor and not corporate. And, of course, corporations are people, according to same Supreme Court in a Citizens United case.

      Lastly, no other group in Nigeria has attained environmental consciousness and assessment conducted to ascertain contamination level like Ogoni, even though the UNEP recommendations, which Jonathan violated by setting up HYPREP (instead of recommended Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority meant to concentrate work in Ogoni) due to his hate for Ogoni, lack of foresight and gross incompetence. Akwa Ibom as a state has also not done what Ogoni has done environmentally and justice-wise.

      So if you think what is happening to Ogoni clean-up caused primarily by Jonathan can not happen in Akwa Ibom, which has not achieved resource control but allowing hausa-fulanis to own more than 90 percent of its oil blocs like other states in core Niger delta, you should start the assessment and otherwise processes and let us see how it goes. My earnest wish, however, is that all oil producing communities including Ogoni achieve their demands for freedom, equality and equity alongside resource control, which only commitments and honesty, hard work as demonstrated by Ogonis can cause.

      Hate and lies such as those expressed by you will not help the oil communities succeed against nigeria’s criminality and tyranny. With diligent work, innovative mind and creativity, learning from each other, especially borrowing cues and clues from people such as Ogonis who have broken different barriers to kill one of the biggest enemies, fear and inspired others, oil communities can bind together, collaborate, stop all oil flow and renegotiate new terms of oil business to their favor, beginning with resource control.

  • BEN IKARI

    E’nyene’kami, Brother Frank Bassey, I do hope you mean what you are saying about Ogonis. In any case, let me
    inform you that this case has nothing to do with the lies you express or alleged. Ogonis disagree and even have conflicts like all Nigerian groups including Akwa Ibomites. This is not the first case on foreign soil Ogonis have executed. So this case is all the way in Netherlands, and it is pursued and managed by these plaintiffs alone. Ogonis in general have no control or say in this case, though are in support. To specifically prove you wrong Ogonis have successfully filed and won the Bodo case against same rogue British-Dutch firm, $hell. The Saro-Wiwa vs. $hell case in USA was also settled out of court to avoid trial due to fear or conviction for guilt. The second case, which the U.S. Supreme Court ended due to corporate pressure from Europe and America, and so-called national interest was also successfully pursued until it ended at the alter of the highest court, which prior to this approved similar ATS case; the SOSA case in 2004, which was not against a corporation but individual persecutor.

    Contrary to the report this is not the same case that was filed in 2001 which Esther was member of the class action.
    Although she was part of that case these other widows were not hence this new case in Netherlands after the second U.S. case was ended. You can see that Ogonis are serious and committed people, who you either do not know well or merely trying to talk smart and falsely about. I am a proud Ogoni. Although I criticize the leaders of MOSOP including other civil society groups, politicians and certain leaders of thought when they are wrong by my assessment and most or many members of Ogoni Kingdom, and helping them stay honest, get better and strong, I can reliably tell you that Ogonis are the most committed and nonviolent ethnic group in the core Niger delta struggle. Ogoni has no political platform such as a state, in South-south oil producing communities. And the recent years core Niger delta struggles for freedom, justice and equality, equity, development and peace is the brainchild and inspiration taken from Ogoni.

    Ogonis are of course the only oil producing people who have stopped and sustained a rejection of their oil from flowing 24 years today or ago. Unserious and divided people can not do this. And this is indeed why Nigeria killed Saro-Wiwa, the big
    fish who brought the awareness and mobilized us. Others were unfortunately added thinking the world will buy Nigeria’s lies.
    Ogoni has no state like Ibibio, which has Akwa Ibom and Cross River States, Ijaw which has BAYELSA State and other oil producing states. And although the military hanged Ogoni Nine, it is on record that all the so-called civilian governments, including Jonathan’s and Buhari’s have stood on hence supported the criminal Abacha’s-led military decision against Ogoni. They believe Abacha and his military junta was right so defending this barbaric act condemned by the world. They are also upset Ogoni oil is no longer there for them to steal and share blocs to mostly Hausa-Fulanis and other northerners.

    That is why they have refused to exonerate Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 others of all crimes of murder and procurement arbitrarily and unlawfully, illegally levied against them. This is irrespective of former Senator Lee Maeba’s efforts on the senate floor sponsoring a bill to exonerate and recognize Saro-Wiwa; an effort I engineered. Also, despite Saro-Wiwa’s efforts and the fact that it was his hanging and 8 others’ that caused the Commonwealth of Nations to suspend Nigeria, and given democratizing as paramount test for readmission, all these so-called civilian presidents have refused to honor Saro-Wiwa and 8 others for their sacrifices. They are enjoying what they did not sow. Buhari was a member of Abacha government then. He was in-charge of the Petroleum Fund they share among themselves. And these corrupt and ethnic bigots-led civil regimes have promoted for high positions Messrs Ibrahim Auta and Joseph Daudu, the bought illegal military tribunal judge or injustice and prosecution lawyer, respectively. Buhari, of course gave the Custom’s Comptroller General position to Mr. Ali, the military officer that sat on the tribunal. He is the man who seized the Saro-Wiwa Memorial Bus donated by Platform of London.

    Lastly, the clean-up you mentioned is made what it is because of a Niger deltan, Jonathan who seemed hateful of Ogoni name, hard work and achievements. He and his team rejected UNEP recommended Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority (OEA) that was meant to concentrate attention on Ogoni giving that the UNEP assessment work was done in Ogoni alone. But for usual ethnocentric attitudes, laziness and gross incompetence in Nigerian rulers Jonathan thought Ogoni alone does not deserve a concentrated work hence the need to make the UNEP report and recommendations Niger delta’s. What stopped him from setting up UNEP for another assessment? What I have cited above.

    By the way Akwa Ibom like other oil producing states or communities has not been environmentally assessed like Ogoni, even though 6 years have passed and the need for new assessment to ascertain actual or estimated level of contamination necessary. Before you talk, first understand the issues; get the facts then know that Ogonis and other people read articles or
    reports about Niger delta which include Akwa Ibom too. Evidently no oil producing community, including Akwa Ibom has been cleaned and remediated environmentally. Royalty and rent are still collected criminally by Nigeria hence resource control is nowhere yet to be achieved. Again, only Ogonis have proven they own their land and oil therein and not the
    WAZOBIA’s controlled (mis) federation.

  • BEN IKARI

    I disagreed with user Frank Bassey by writing my comment with facts as Ogoni. Although posted and published last night by this morning my post was gone or removed/flagged either by said user, who may hate the truth so express falsehood against Ogoni, or Premium Times. By the way why should Premium Times allow users to flag posts or comments they dislike; is the medium anti-free and balanced speeches so not interested in granting equal airtime?

  • BEN IKARI

    WHOSE INTEREST DOES PREMIUM TIMES PROTECT?
    Does Premium Times randomly block or refuse to publish posts it sees or knows to be the truth like mine’s because it is working to protect certain people or ethnic groups its owners and operators belong? What really is the medium’s issue refusing to run some of my posts either by users’ flagging or direct removal after publication or refusal to publish after holding for a so-called moderation; whose posts or comments deserves publication, government’s and corporations’, individuals supporting government and corporate or ethnic views Premium Times agree or what; why can I not refute with evidence lies told about Ogoni, my country home?

  • BEN IKARI

    Frank Bassey, if you are the one flagging my reply to your lies (or whoever is doing it) and you are not using fake name as a paid thug who may not be an Akwa Ibomite, thus understand one bit of what this legal matter means and who Ogonis are so can defend the lies you expressed about US, be a man or boy with two dying balls and allow my reply instead of flagging it. Falsehood can not defeat the truth. As said earlier, the truth be told and you profess it, you would agree Ogoni is the most committed oil producing ethnic group in the South-south struggle for economic, political and environmental justice.

    It is at the front of this struggle for freedom and self determination which brings to the country the concept and reality of resource generation, ownership and control. Thus it is a truism that Ogoni is theonly precolonial ethnic nation in colonial nigeria which its people have stopped and in 24 years sustained the non-flow of oil to the criminal wazobia’s federal government. I am a proud Ogoni and not a citizen of unlawfully and artificially created nigeria by rogue britain.

    Ogoni, of course, has no state like Ibibios who have cross river and Akwa Ibom states or Ijaws who have Bayelsa state. This means we have no political structure or platform like those cited above, but have been able to achieve this feat. Indeed Saro-Wiwa and others were killed because Ogonis peacefully chased $hell and nigeria away and stopped their oil from flowing. Ogoni is also the first oil producing community and ethnic nation in colonial nigeria to take $hell to foreign courts thus have inspired others to follow suit.

    Lazy and divisive people do not make such moves and succeed. In addition, this case has nothing to do with whether Ogonis disagree sometimes and are in nigeria’s induced and imposed crisis or not. records shows that every group in nigeria including akwa ibomites have crisis and conflicts.

    Meanwhile, this case is instituted by these four widows who have control over their case, but are supported by Ogonis. If you do not know, the Bodo-Ogoni case in London against $hell succeeded despite occasional organizational and otherwise disagreements in Ogoni. Wiwa vs. $hell case in USA also settled out of court when $hell became convinced of conviction due to overwhelming evidence, which it is refusing to handover. The second case, which Mrs. Esther Kiobel was involved proceeded successfully for 10 years and ended at the Supreme Court due to corporate and national
    governments’ pressure from Europe and America.

    Therefore, contrary to this report, this is not the same case that was instituted in 2001 in USA and which Mrs. Kiobel was involved. It is a different case with 4 widows. Mrs. Kiobel is the only member or plaintiff in current case, from the USA case that ended at the Supreme Court, which prior to this case approved the SOSA case based on ATS provisions, though SOSA was against individual persecutor and not corporate. And, of course, corporations are people, according to same Supreme Court in a Citizens United case.

    Lastly, no other group in Nigeria has attained environmental consciousness and assessment conducted to ascertain contamination level like Ogoni, even though the UNEP recommendations, which Jonathan violated by setting up HYPREP (instead of recommended Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority meant to concentrate work in Ogoni) due to his hate for Ogoni, lack of foresight and gross incompetence. Akwa Ibom as a state has also not done what Ogoni has done environmentally and justice-wise.

    So if you think what is happening to Ogoni clean-up caused primarily by Jonathan can not happen in Akwa Ibom, which has not achieved resource control but allowing hausa-fulanis to own more than 90 percent of its oil blocs like other states in core Niger delta, you should start the assessment and otherwise processes and let us see how it goes. My earnest wish,
    however, is that all oil producing communities including Ogoni achieve their demands for freedom, equality and equity alongside resource control, which only commitments and honesty, hard work as demonstrated by Ogonis can cause.

    Hate and lies such as those expressed by you will not help the oil communities succeed against nigeria’s criminality and tyranny. With diligent work, innovative mind and creativity, learning from each other, especially borrowing cues and
    clues from people such as Ogonis who have broken different barriers to kill one of the biggest enemies, fear and inspired others, oil communities can bind together, collaborate, stop all oil flow and renegotiate new terms of oil business to their favor, beginning with resource control.

  • BEN IKARI

    Frank Bassey, if the truth be told and you profess it, you would agree Ogoni is the most committed oil producing ethnic group in the South-south struggle for economic, political and environmental justice. It is at the front of this struggle for freedom and self determination which brings to the country the concept and reality of resource generation, ownership and control. Thus it is a truism that Ogoni is the only precolonial ethnic nation in colonial nigeria which its people have stopped and in 24 years sustained the non-flow of oil to the criminal wazobia’s federal government. I am a proud Ogoni and not a citizen of unlawfully and artificially created nigeria by rogue britain.

    Ogoni, of course, has no state like Ibibios who have cross river and Akwa Ibom states or Ijaws who have Bayelsa state. This means we have no political structure or platform like those cited above, but have been able to achieve this feat. Indeed Saro-Wiwa and others were killed because Ogonis peacefully chased $hell and nigeria away and stopped their oil from flowing. Ogoni is also the first oil producing community and ethnic nation in colonial nigeria to take $hell to foreign courts thus have inspired others to follow suit.

    Lazy and divisive people do not make such moves and succeed. In addition, this case has nothing to do with whether Ogonis disagree sometimes and are in nigeria’s induced and imposed crisis or not. records shows that every group in nigeria including akwa ibomites have crisis and conflicts.

    Meanwhile, this case is instituted by these four widows who have control over their case, but are supported by Ogonis. If you do not know, the Bodo-Ogoni case in London against $hell succeeded despite occasional organizational and otherwise disagreements in Ogoni. Wiwa vs. $hell case in USA also settled out of court when $hell became convinced of conviction due to overwhelming evidence, which it is refusing to handover. The second case, which Mrs. Esther Kiobel was involved proceeded successfully for 10 years and ended at the Supreme Court due to corporate and national governments’ pressure from Europe and America.

    Therefore, contrary to this report, this is not the same case that was instituted in 2001 in USA and which Mrs. Kiobel was involved. It is a different case with 4 widows. Mrs. Kiobel is the only member or plaintiff in current case, from the USA case that ended at the Supreme Court, which prior to this case approved the SOSA case based on ATS provisions, though SOSA was against individual persecutor and not corporate. And, of course, corporations are people, according to same Supreme Court in a Citizens United case.

    Lastly, no other group in Nigeria has attained environmental consciousness and assessment conducted to ascertain contamination level like Ogoni, even though the UNEP recommendations, which Jonathan violated by setting up HYPREP (instead of recommended Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority meant to concentrate work in Ogoni) due to his hate for Ogoni, lack of foresight and gross incompetence. Akwa Ibom as a state has also not done what Ogoni has done environmentally and justice-wise.

    So if you think what is happening to Ogoni clean-up caused primarily by Jonathan can not happen in Akwa Ibom, which has not achieved resource control but allowing hausa-fulanis to own more than 90 percent of its oil blocs like other states in core Niger delta, you should start the assessment and otherwise processes and let us see how it goes. My earnest wish, however, is that all oil producing communities including Ogoni achieve their demands for freedom, equality and equity alongside resource control, which only commitments and honesty, hard work as demonstrated by Ogonis can cause. Hate and lies such as those expressed by you will not help the oil communities succeed against nigeria’s criminality and tyranny.

  • Ben Ikari

    If Premium Times allowed my comment asking who it is protecting below I wonder why it keeps removing or allowing Bassey or whoever to flag, remove my response to Frank Bassey who lied against Ogoni, my country home. Is Premium Times an Akwa Ibom medium hence protecting it against my comment since Bassey cited Akwa Ibom? The point I made are true. Does Premium Times hate the truth like Buhari and Osinbajo hate free speech, or it is ashamed I corrected a misinformation it reported concerning the 2001 Ogoni case filed in USA which Mrs. Esther Kiobel was party, it alleged current case emanate as continuation; can Premium Times point to one thing I said that is not true in my reply to Bassey?

    Meanwhile, Frank Bassey, if the truth be told and you profess it, you would agree Ogoni is the most committed oil producing ethnic group in the South-south struggle for economic, political and environmental justice. It is at the front of this struggle for freedom and self determination which brings to the country the concept and reality of resource generation, ownership and control. Thus it is a truism that Ogoni is the only precolonial ethnic nation in colonial nigeria which its people have stopped and in 24 years sustained the non-flow of oil to the criminal wazobia’s federal government. I am a proud Ogoni and not a citizen of unlawfully and artificially created nigeria by rogue britain.

    Ogoni, of course, has no state like Ibibios who have cross river and Akwa Ibom states or Ijaws who have Bayelsa state. This means we have no political structure or platform like those cited above, but have been able to achieve this feat. Indeed Saro-Wiwa and others were killed because Ogonis peacefully chased $hell and nigeria away and stopped their oil from flowing. Ogoni is also the first oil producing community and ethnic nation in colonial nigeria to take $hell to foreign courts thus have inspired others to follow suit.

    Lazy and divisive people do not make such moves and succeed. In addition, this case has nothing to do with whether Ogonis disagree sometimes and are in nigeria’s induced and imposed crisis or not. records shows that every group in nigeria including akwa ibomites have crisis and conflicts.

    Meanwhile, this case is instituted by these four widows who have control over their case, but are supported by Ogonis. If you do not know, the Bodo-Ogoni case in London against $hell succeeded despite occasional organizational and otherwise disagreements in Ogoni. Wiwa vs. $hell case in USA also settled out of court when $hell became convinced of conviction due to overwhelming evidence, which it is refusing to handover. The second case, which Mrs. Esther Kiobel was involved proceeded successfully for 10 years and ended at the Supreme Court due to corporate and national governments’ pressure from Europe and America.

    Therefore, contrary to this report, this is not the same case that was instituted in 2001 in USA and which Mrs. Kiobel was involved. It is a different case with 4 widows. Mrs. Kiobel is the only member or plaintiff in current case, from the USA case that ended at the Supreme Court, which prior to this case approved the SOSA case based on ATS provisions, though SOSA was against individual persecutor and not corporate. And, of course, corporations are people, according to same Supreme Court in a Citizens United case.

    Lastly, no other group in Nigeria has attained environmental consciousness and assessment conducted to ascertain contamination level like Ogoni, even though the UNEP recommendations, which Jonathan violated by setting up HYPREP (instead of recommended Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority meant to concentrate work in Ogoni) due to his hate for Ogoni, lack of foresight and gross incompetence. Akwa Ibom as a state has also not done what Ogoni has done environmentally and justice-wise.

    So if you think what is happening to Ogoni clean-up caused primarily by Jonathan can not happen in Akwa Ibom, which has not achieved resource control but allowing hausa-fulanis to own more than 90 percent of its oil blocs like other states in core Niger delta, you should start the assessment and otherwise processes and let us see how it goes. My earnest wish, however, is that all oil producing communities including Ogoni achieve their demands for freedom, equality and equity alongside resource control, which only commitments and honesty, hard work as demonstrated by Ogonis can cause. Hate and lies such as those expressed by you will not help the oil communities succeed against nigeria’s criminality and tyranny.

  • BEN IKARI

    Frank Bassey, if the truth be told and you profess it, you would agree Ogoni is the most committed oil producing ethnic group in the South-south struggle for economic, political and environmental justice. It is at the front of this struggle for freedom and self determination which brings to the country the concept and reality of resource generation, ownership and control. Thus it is a truism that Ogoni is the only precolonial ethnic nation in colonial nigeria which its people have stopped and in 24 years sustained the non-flow of oil to the criminal wazobia’s federal government. I am a proud Ogoni and not a citizen of unlawfully and artificially created nigeria by rogue britain.

    Ogoni, of course, has no state like Ibibios who have cross river and Akwa Ibom states or Ijaws who have Bayelsa state. This means we have no political structure or platform like those cited above, but have been able to achieve this feat. Indeed Saro-Wiwa and others were killed because Ogonis peacefully chased $hell and nigeria away and stopped their oil from flowing. Ogoni is also the first oil producing community and ethnic nation in colonial nigeria to take $hell to foreign courts thus have inspired others to follow suit.

    Lazy and divisive people do not make such moves and succeed. In addition, this case has nothing to do with whether Ogonis disagree sometimes and are in nigeria’s induced and imposed crisis or not. records shows that every group in nigeria including akwa ibomites have crisis and conflicts.

    Meanwhile, this case is instituted by these four widows who have control over their case, but are supported by Ogonis. If you do not know, the Bodo-Ogoni case in London against $hell succeeded despite occasional organizational and otherwise disagreements in Ogoni. Wiwa vs. $hell case in USA also settled out of court when $hell became convinced of conviction due to overwhelming evidence, which it is refusing to handover. The second case, which Mrs. Esther Kiobel was involved proceeded successfully for 10 years and ended at the Supreme Court due to corporate and national governments’ pressure from Europe and America.

    Therefore, contrary to this report, this is not the same case that was instituted in 2001 in USA and which Mrs. Kiobel was involved. It is a different case with 4 widows. Mrs. Kiobel is the only member or plaintiff in current case, from the USA case that ended at the Supreme Court, which prior to this case approved the SOSA case based on ATS provisions, though SOSA was against individual persecutor and not corporate. And, of course, corporations are people, according to same Supreme Court in a Citizens United case.

    Lastly, no other group in Nigeria has attained environmental consciousness and assessment conducted to ascertain contamination level like Ogoni, even though the UNEP recommendations, which Jonathan violated by setting up HYPREP (instead of recommended Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority meant to concentrate work in Ogoni) due to his hate for Ogoni, lack of foresight and gross incompetence. Akwa Ibom as a state has also not done what Ogoni has done environmentally and justice-wise.

    So if you think what is happening to Ogoni clean-up caused primarily by Jonathan can not happen in Akwa Ibom, which has not achieved resource control but allowing hausa-fulanis to own more than 90 percent of its oil blocs like other states in core Niger delta, you should start the assessment and otherwise processes and let us see how it goes. My earnest wish, however, is that all oil producing communities including Ogoni achieve their demands for freedom, equality and equity alongside resource control, which only commitments and honesty, hard work as demonstrated by Ogonis can cause. Hate and lies such as those expressed by you will not help the oil communities succeed against nigeria’s criminality and tyranny.

  • BEN IKARI

    Frank Bassey, if the truth be told and you profess it, you would agree Ogoni is the most committed oil producing ethnic group in the South-south struggle for economic, political and environmental justice. It is at the front of this struggle for freedom and self determination which brings to the country the concept and reality of resource generation, ownership and control. Thus it is a truism that Ogoni is the only precolonial ethnic nation in colonial nigeria which its people have stopped and in 24 years sustained the non-flow of oil to the criminal wazobia’s federal government. I am a proud Ogoni and not a citizen of unlawfully and artificially created nigeria by rogue britain.

    Ogoni, of course, has no state like Ibibios who have cross river and Akwa Ibom states or Ijaws who have Bayelsa state. This means we have no political structure or platform like those cited above, but have been able to achieve this feat. Indeed Saro-Wiwa and others were killed because Ogonis peacefully chased $hell and nigeria away and stopped their oil from flowing. Ogoni is also the first oil producing community and ethnic nation in colonial nigeria to take $hell to foreign courts thus have inspired others to follow suit.

    Lazy and divisive people do not make such moves and succeed. In addition, this case has nothing to do with whether Ogonis disagree sometimes and are in nigeria’s induced and imposed crisis or not. records shows that every group in nigeria including akwa ibomites have crisis and conflicts.

    Meanwhile, this case is instituted by these four widows who have control over their case, but are supported by Ogonis. If you do not know, the Bodo-Ogoni case in London against $hell succeeded despite occasional organizational and otherwise disagreements in Ogoni. Wiwa vs. $hell case in USA also settled out of court when $hell became convinced of conviction due to overwhelming evidence, which it is refusing to handover. The second case, which Mrs. Esther Kiobel was involved proceeded successfully for 10 years and ended at the Supreme Court due to corporate and national governments’ pressure from Europe and America.

    Therefore, contrary to this report, this is not the same case that was instituted in 2001 in USA and which Mrs. Kiobel was involved. It is a different case with 4 widows. Mrs. Kiobel is the only member or plaintiff in current case, from the USA case that ended at the Supreme Court, which prior to this case approved the SOSA case based on ATS provisions, though SOSA was against individual persecutor and not corporate. And, of course, corporations are people, according to same Supreme Court in a Citizens United case.

    Lastly, no other group in Nigeria has attained environmental consciousness and assessment conducted to ascertain contamination level like Ogoni, even though the UNEP recommendations, which Jonathan violated by setting up HYPREP (instead of recommended Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority meant to concentrate work in Ogoni) due to his hate for Ogoni, lack of foresight and gross incompetence. Akwa Ibom as a state has also not done what Ogoni has done environmentally and justice-wise.

    So if you think what is happening to Ogoni clean-up caused primarily by Jonathan can not happen in Akwa Ibom, which has not achieved resource control but allowing hausa-fulanis to own more than 90 percent of its oil blocs like other states in core Niger delta, you should start the assessment and otherwise processes and let us see how it goes. My earnest wish, however, is that all oil producing communities including Ogoni achieve their demands for freedom, equality and equity alongside resource control, which only commitments and honesty, hard work as demonstrated by Ogonis can cause. Hate and lies such as those expressed by you will not help the oil communities succeed against nigeria’s criminality and tyranny.

  • BEN IKARI

    Frank Bassey, if the truth be told and you profess it, you would agree Ogoni is the most committed oil producing ethnic group in the South-south struggle for economic, political and environmental justice. It is at the front of this struggle for freedom and self determination which brings to the country the concept and reality of resource generation, ownership and control. Thus it is a truism that Ogoni is the only precolonial ethnic nation in colonial nigeria which its people have stopped and in 24 years sustained the non-flow of oil to the criminal wazobia’s federal government. I am a proud Ogoni and not a citizen of unlawfully and artificially created nigeria by rogue britain.

    Ogoni, of course, has no state like Ibibios who have cross river and Akwa Ibom states or Ijaws who have Bayelsa state. This means we have no political structure or platform like those cited above, but have been able to achieve this feat. Indeed Saro-Wiwa and others were killed because Ogonis peacefully chased $hell and nigeria away and stopped their oil from flowing. Ogoni is also the first oil producing community and ethnic nation in colonial nigeria to take $hell to foreign courts thus have inspired others to follow suit.

    Lazy and divisive people do not make such moves and succeed. In addition, this case has nothing to do with whether Ogonis disagree sometimes and are in nigeria’s induced and imposed crisis or not. records shows that every group in nigeria including akwa ibomites have crisis and conflicts.

    Meanwhile, this case is instituted by these four widows who have control over their case, but are supported by Ogonis. If you do not know, the Bodo-Ogoni case in London against $hell succeeded despite occasional organizational and otherwise disagreements in Ogoni. Wiwa vs. $hell case in USA also settled out of court when $hell became convinced of conviction due to overwhelming evidence, which it is refusing to handover. The second case, which Mrs. Esther Kiobel was involved proceeded successfully for 10 years and ended at the Supreme Court due to corporate and national governments’ pressure from Europe and America.

    Therefore, contrary to this report, this is not the same case that was instituted in 2001 in USA and which Mrs. Kiobel was involved. It is a different case with 4 widows. Mrs. Kiobel is the only member or plaintiff in current case, from the USA case that ended at the Supreme Court, which prior to this case approved the SOSA case based on ATS provisions, though SOSA was against individual persecutor and not corporate. And, of course, corporations are people, according to same Supreme Court in a Citizens United case.

    Lastly, no other group in Nigeria has attained environmental consciousness and assessment conducted to ascertain contamination level like Ogoni, even though the UNEP recommendations, which Jonathan violated by setting up HYPREP (instead of recommended Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority meant to concentrate work in Ogoni) due to his hate for Ogoni, lack of foresight and gross incompetence. Akwa Ibom as a state has also not done what Ogoni has done environmentally and justice-wise.

    So if you think what is happening to Ogoni clean-up caused primarily by Jonathan can not happen in Akwa Ibom, which has not achieved resource control but allowing hausa-fulanis to own more than 90 percent of its oil blocs like other states in core Niger delta, you should start the assessment and otherwise processes and let us see how it goes. My earnest wish, however, is that all oil producing communities including Ogoni achieve their demands for freedom, equality and equity alongside resource control, which only commitments and honesty, hard work as demonstrated by Ogonis can cause. Hate and lies such as those expressed by you will not help the oil communities succeed against nigeria’s criminality and tyranny.

  • BEN IKARI

    Contrary to this report, this is not the same case that was instituted in 2001 in USA and which Mrs. Kiobel was involved. It is a different case with 4 widows. Mrs. Kiobel is the only member or plaintiff in current case who participated in the USA case that ended at the Supreme Court, which prior to this case approved the SOSA case based on ATS provisions, though SOSA was against individual persecutor and not corporate. And, of course, corporations are people, according to same Supreme Court in a Citizens United case.