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Interactive map of Niger Delta

An interactive map of the Niger Delta by the Financial Times showing  oil fields and conflict zonesSee MAP

Umaru Yar’Adua, Nigeria’s president, offered an amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta on Friday as part of his strategy for ending attacks on Africa’s biggest oil industry. The offer follows the launch of a major military offensive in mid-May that has increased the pressure on armed groups.

Several faction leaders requested a meeting with the president after he announced the proposal on June 25, raising hopes that a five-week campaign of retaliatory attacks on pipelines may soon end. The attacks on facilities belonging to Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell have underscored the majors’ vulnerability to sabotage carried out deep in the delta’s swamps.

At the same time, a court case brought against Royal Dutch Shell in the US has raised the prospect that oil companies could face a new risk: lawsuits brought by communities who accuse them of involvement in human rights abuses.

Shell agreed to pay $15m in a settlement with relatives of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni activists after they filed a suit in New York arguing that the company was complicit in their executions. Shell has always argued that the case lacked merit and said it accepted no liability for the deaths of the nine Ogoni leaders, who were hanged by Nigeria’s then military government in 1995.

Click on the interactive map below to navigate the key conflict areas in the labyrinthine delta region, and select the video players to see reports from Matthew Green, the FT’s West Africa correspondent, as he assesses the local response to Shell in Bodo City, Ogoniland, and travels to Camp Five, the site of a strategic militant camp captured by the Nigerian army.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2009

3 Comments

  1. I am SO pleased the court ruled against Shell! That doesn’t bring any of those back to life that were murdered, but it is a hopeful note in a world where we often are made to feel that there is never any recourse for such actions.
    .-= Changeseeker´s last blog ..Quirky Black Girls! Yes-sir-eee! =-.

  2. Changeseeker: actually the court did not rule against Shell. The plaintiff’s and defendants agreed an out-of-court settlement, and Shell agreed to pay out $15.5 million.
    It’s certainly a result for the plaintiffs, and one can assume that a company wouldn’t settle if it wasn’t involved in the many abuses that formed the case.
    A limited victory then, but you are right that corporations will be haunted by cases like this. The case won plenty of good legal ground over 12 years & hopefully this has opened the way for others to seek & win justice.
    .-= Ben Amunwa´s last blog ..Flawed logic of Nigeria’s response to insurgency =-.

  3. @Changeseeker
    Actually the court did not rule against Shell. The plaintiff’s and defendants agreed an out-of-court settlement, and Shell agreed to pay out $15.5 million.
    It’s certainly a result for the plaintiffs, and one can assume that a company wouldn’t settle if it wasn’t involved in the many abuses that formed the case.
    A limited victory then, but you are right that corporations will be haunted by cases like this. The case won plenty of good legal ground over 12 years & hopefully this has opened the way for others to seek & win justice.
    .-= Ben Amunwa´s last blog ..Flawed logic of Nigeria’s response to insurgency =-.