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N-Delta degradation: MOSOP faults UK Appeal Court’s decision to exonerate Shell

Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, yesterday, said it was dismayed at the decision of the United Kingdom Appeal Court blocking an attempt to hold Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, SPDC,  accountable for her crimes in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Bottled water samples stand on a table as Nigerian tribal king Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi speaks during an interview in central London on November 21, 2016.
Britain’s High Court will on November 22, begin to hear arguments on whether the English Courts can hear two legal claims on behalf of over 40,000 Nigerians against Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), in relation to environmental damage caused to two separate communities in the Niger Delta. / AFP PHOTO

MOSOP  Publicity Secretary, Fegalo Nsuke, in a statement, said: “However, we wish to state that the court’s decision does not exonerate Shell of the heinous crimes it has committed in the Niger Delta. The reality about Shell in Ogoni and the entire Niger Delta is that the company is a killer.

“The court’s decision may have made it more difficult to hold Shell to account for its crimes in the Niger Delta where its activities have sent millions of people to death but it does not foreclose other options to justice.

“MOSOP considers this judgment not only as a blow to the aspirations of the Ogoni people and the people of the Niger Delta but a bad precedent and a dangerous setback against the hopes of millions of people who suffer injustice from business operations of U.K multi-nationals.”


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