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MOSOP decries ‘atrocities’ meted out on Ogoni people by Shell



MOSOP decries ‘atrocities’ meted out on Ogoni people by Shell

Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has lamented the “inhuman treatment” being meted out to the people of Ogoni in Rivers State by Shell Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.

MOSOP president, Fegalo Nsuke, also described alleged atrocities of Shell on Ogoni citizens, as a national shame and crime against humanity, bemoaning that Nigeria is a country that shows no concern for the health of its citizens.

According to him, what the international oil company is doing to Ogoni is only possible in a country that does not take seriously the welfare of its citizens.

He stated this in K-Dere in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, while conducting journalists around oil spill sites in Ogoni.
He said, “If Nigeria were to be a country concerned about the health of citizens, there is no reason why the atrocities of Shell Petroleum in Ogoni would have been left unpunished, in fact, the company’s oil mining licence would have been withdrawn.”

Further tagging Shell as a killer, Nsuke called for the revocation of Shell’s oil mining licence in Ogoni, adding that Shell’s conduct in over 50 years of operating in Ogoni had been very irresponsible.

According to him, Shell continued retention of the licence to operate in Ogoni is unjustifiable.

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“The conflict between Shell and the Ogoni people had been most devastating leading to the death of thousands of Ogonis and such evil are not so easy to forget. It will therefore, be right to withdraw Shell from Ogoni and discuss with Ogoni people on acceptable terms for a new operator.

“What Shell has done in Ogoni is crime against humanity and a national shame that should be severely punished,” he said.

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