The disclosure in the UK Independent that the Nigerian military framed Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Eight is something the Ogoni people have always known. The relationship with Shell and the Nigerian military and particularly Lt-Col Paul Okuntimo is also known to the Ogoni and other Niger Deltans and was disclosed in “Where Vultures Feast: Shell Human Rights and Oil in the Niger Delta” by Ike Okonta and Oronto Douglas. The evidence of the witnesses named in the Independent are corroborated by the Ogoni women I spoke with back in March 2000 and can be seen in their individual testimonies on rape, beatings and harassment by Okuntimo’s soldiers.
Compelling new evidence suggests the Nigerian military killed four Ogoni elders whose murders led to the execution of the playwright and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995.
The evidence also reveals that the notorious military commander Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Okuntimo, whose troops were implicated in murder and rape, was in the pay of Shell at the time of the killings and was driven around in a Shell vehicle.