From Kenneth Iguisi, Benin
A group, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has threatened to sue Shell for the violation of environmental laws in Nigeria.
At a press conference in Benin, Edo State, the Executive Director (ERA/FoEN), Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, said the group supports the plan by Friends of the Earth Netherlands to take Shell to court on the matter.
Ojo said: “By the day, it is becoming evident that Shell may be running from its mess but cannot evade justice. The plans by Friends of the Earth Netherlands to take Shell to court will further embolden impacted communities in the Niger Delta to institute more cases to demand that their lives seized and ruined by Shell’s activities are taken back.”
He added that the groundbreaking case, if successful would significantly limit Shell’s investments in oil and gas globally by requiring them to comply with global climate targets.
ERA said that the case is supported by Friends of the Earth International, which campaigns for climate justice for people across the world impacted by dirty energy and climate change.
Lamenting the ruins caused by Shell’s activities, Ojo said: “In Nigeria, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report on Assessment of Ogoni (2011), Shell is guilty of polluting lands, waters and gassing communities through gas flaring which is a major contributor to climate change.”
Ojo said that aside the widely known Ogoni pollution which Shell is responsible for, it still continues to flare gas in contravention of a High Court judgment in Nigeria in 2005 that makes gas flaring illegal in Iwherekan and other communities.