Shell ordered police to kill Nigerians

This video, recorded in Nigeria, is called The Case Against Shell: ‘The Hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa Showed the True Cost of Oil‘.

Translated from RTL TV in the Netherlands:

Shell told police to be violent

Shell has in the past told Nigerian police to use violence. This is evident from Wikileaks documents, which RTL News and NRC Handelsblad have made available through the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

Shell in Nigeria has long been the target of opposition by disgruntled local people. The company therefore was protected by Nigerian police. But because these police were poorly trained, Shell decided to give them instructions.

Including shooting instructions

On a card the size of a credit card, the oil company explained how to act should there be attacks on Shell installations. The card included shooting instructions. But according to the U.S. embassy, Shell goes much too far in the violence issue.

Police Directive #237

Eg, on the back of the card police directive #237 is printed . It says deadly force will be used against groups of 12 people or more, whether the people are armed or not. Shell also mentions “taking out [opposition] group leaders”and “shooting below the knees”.

Stop those guidelines

The police directive is contrary to universal human rights, the Americans claim. According to the embassy in Nigeria, Shell should stop issuing those guidelines.

Video on this: here.


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