Shell accused of bribery in Nigeria


This 10 April 2017 video says about itself:

Nigeria: Shell admits to paying bribes to former petroleum minister

Two anti-corruption charities, Finance Uncovered and Global Witness, have published what they claim is evidence proving that global giant Shell knowingly took part in a bribery scheme to acquire a valuable offshore oil block in Nigeria.

In 2011 Shell, along with Italian oil firm Eni, they paid US$1.3bn to the Nigerian government for the block’s oil prospecting licence.

However, rather than staying with the government, all but a fraction of the money ended up in the hands of Malabu Oil And Gas.

Read more here.

Shell oil corporation stands accused of big pollution in Nigeria, killing much wildlife and ruining the lives of millions of people.

Shell oil corporation stands accused by widows of Nigerian environmentalists of collusion in killing their husbands.

Now, another accusation against Shell. Again, from just country, Nigeria; apart from Shell issues in other countries.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

There will be a criminal case against Shell oil and gas corporation. The company is suspected of bribing the exploitation rights of an oil field off the coast of Nigeria.

Shell reports this on its website and the Public Prosecution Service confirms it. The investigation is almost complete and they are working on criminal prosecution of the multinational.

It concerns the acquisition of the rights of an oil field off the Nigerian coast, called OPL-245. To this end, Shell paid 1.3 billion euros in 2011, together with the Italian energy group Eni.

Shell and Eni have always denied that there was bribery, but an Italian judge already found that both companies knew that the proceeds were being channeled to a company owned by a controversial former oil minister of Nigeria. In Italy people have already been convicted for this.

In the Netherlands, the judiciary searched the Shell headquarters in The Hague three years ago.

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