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Shell and Crude Oil Theft in Ogoni: The Impetus Of Irresponsibility

By Fegalo Nsuke
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Shell is increasingly showing her reluctance to support current efforts to clean up Ogoniland. The company probably feel embarrassed that despite her claims of innocence, a scientific report by the United Nations proves over 50 years of her iniquity, right degrading and immoral acts against the Ogoni people.

The company has repeatedly accused the Ogoni of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism, urging a stop to these activities which Shell so well knows are activities too sophisticated for poor uninformed locals to be engage in.

Shell pretends not to be aware of the cartel engaged in crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta and will rather want to put the blame on impoverished Ogoni people, a people the company has so brutally dehumanized and rendered nearly incompetent to engage in any meaningful acts of economic progress on the Ogoni soil.

In an article titled " Govt’s Culpability in Crude Oil Theft " reports that the recent ban on 113 vessels from Nigerian territorial waters by President Muhammadu Buhari, is an indication that the previous administration probably knew the oil thieves but lacked the political will to clamp down on the perpetrators.

The article continues: "THISDAY, Global Financial Integrity conducted the survey by interviewing oil thieves, bunkerers, illegal refiners, oil industry practitioners and government officials".

Shell will need to request the list of interviewed oil bunkeres and thieves from ThisDay if the company still claims ignorance of who the oil thieves are.

Shell is too desperate to find an excuse for her evil deeds against the Ogoni people and her lying tendencies wouldn't allow her speak the truth about illegal refining and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta.

I reason that the situation in the Niger Delta may, unfortunately, never get better as gladiators like Shell may allow the illicit oil bunkering to find a justification for their failures and incompetencies in the Ogoni region and the Niger Delta at large.

Shell's unrepentant attitude of lies and hatred for the Ogoni who have exposed her deep rooted crime against the Niger Delta will not let her admit her knowledge about an international cartel that is simply exploiting a corrupt Nigeria and her security lapses and remain unhindered in the lucrative oil theft business.

Should the guys at Shell still claim they know not the oil thieves, then they need to read just these 3 publications to guide them a bit:

1. On March 28, 2014, Premium Times reported the arrest of 2 Britons engaged in oil theft in Nigeria

2. On December 19, 2012, the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) placed foreign nationals under watch over crude oil theft

3. Former Delta State governor, Emmanuel Oduaghan accusses international community of culpability in crude oil theft in Niger Delta

So, who are the real oil thieves in Nigeria? Your guess could just be as good as mine.

Author: Fegalo Nsuke, member of The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People wrote in from Bori, Ogoniland.