Shell pays over Saro-Wiwa
Oil company Royal Dutch Shell have agreed to pay the sum of N3 billion as settlement for the killings of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other leaders of the Ogoni tribe.
The leaders, referred to as the Ogoni nine, were hung to death on the order of late former military president, Sani Abacha.
Shell had reportedly been involved with the murders, and the settlement marks the end of attempts to find them guilty.
Shell had been accused of working with the Nigerian army to persecute the Ogoni citizens, providing them with vehicles, patrol boats and ammunition.
Oddly, both the Nigerian government and Shell Nigeria still maintain that there was no wrongdoing involved in the hanging of the Ogoni Nine.
“While we were prepared to go to court to clear our name, we believe the right way forward is to focus on the future for Ogoni people,” Malcolm Brinded, a Shell director, said.