The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom allowed a case filed by 42,335 Nigerian claimants against Shell Oil and a Nigerian subsidiary to proceed in the UK courts. The claimants first sued Shell and its subsidiary in 2015 over leaks from pipelines in the Niger Delta that resulted in the destruction of farmland, the death of fish stocks, and poisoned drinking water. They argued that the oil spills occurred due to the negligence of the subsidiary company responsible for operating the pipelines. They charged that Shell’s parent company owed them a “common law duty of care,” since it exercised significant control over the operations of the Nigerian subsidiary. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Traditional rulers in Nigeria’s strife-torn north are warning that vigilante militias now forming to fight Boko Haram are a sign of a generalized social breakdown in the region. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, told a public meeting in Kaduna that the new paramilitaries could themselves metamorphose into terror groups. “Governors must see that they do more to address insecurity, just imagine that there are over 50,000 orphans. They will be worse than Boko Haram if allowed to grow without proper care,” he said. Abubakar is chair of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council, but a youth-led Coalition of Northern Groups has emerged outside control of the traditional rulers, and launched a paramilitary network called Shege Ka Fasa to defend against the Islamist militias. (Photo: Sahara Reporters)
The Niger Delta Avengers struck four pipelines in three days, halting production at facilities operated by Chevron, Shell, Agip and Nigeria's state oil company.
A new militant organization, the Niger Delta Avengers, has claimed a string of attacks on oil infrastructure, and issued communiques broaching secession from Nigeria.
A deadly blast on a pipeline in Nigeria's restive Delta region has raised fears that militants—pacified with an amnesty and pipeline protection contracts—are returning to arms.
In a landmark victory for Nigerian farmers, the Hague Court of Appeals ruled that Royal Dutch Shell can be sued in a Netherlands court over oil spills in the Niger Delta.
Royal Dutch Shell reached an $84 million settlement over Niger Delta oil spills, in what Amnesty International called "an important victory for the victims of corporate negligence."
A legal tool US advocates have used against human rights abusers for three decades is now "close to a dead letter" thanks to a Supreme Court decision.
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum to reject a suit brought by Nigerian refugees against Shell Oil under the Alien Tort Statute of 1789.
Shell Oil faces litigation over Nigerian oil spills in the Dutch courts, while the Obama administration is urging the US Supreme Court to dismiss a similar case.
Gunmen attacked two ships off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta, killing two naval troops protecting the vessels and seizing four foreign workers before fleeing.