The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is to pay ten million euros to settle a lawsuit over its alleged collusion with Nigeria in the deaths of green protestors. The writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other people were executed in 1995. A military tribunal accused them of causing the deaths of local elders. Shell admitted no wrongdoing, but said the payout was in recognition of the tragic turn of events in the Niger Delta.
1.29 sot Marco Simons, Earthrights International “As for Shell and other companies operating in the Niger Delta and around the world, I think this settlement sends the message that you cannot cause human rights violations, assist soldiers in committing abuses with impunity, that you will be held to account,” said Marco Simons, a lawyer for Earthrights International. Shell spent 13 years trying to get the case dismissed, but was told in April it would go to court. The suit sought damages from the company for colluding with the jailing, torture and killing of the protestors, and for polluting the Niger Delta. The money will be used to compensate the families and to set up a trust for the local Ogoni people.