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Saro-Wiwa’s associates want FG to take over Ogoni oil fields


Shell Petroleum Development Company

A group, Ken Saro Wiwa Associates [KSWA], has rejected a plan by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited [SPDC] to apply for the renewal of its subsisting leases over a number of Oil Mining Leases [OMLs], including OML 11 (Ogoni Fields).

The leases, granted to SPDC in 1989, expire in June 2019. In a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari signed by Bee Ogoni Naa Le Pe! Chief Gani Topba National Coordinator, KSWA, the group also demanded that Ogoni Fields In OML 11 revert to the Federal Government to pave the way for fresh negotiations.

It said: “In several petitions to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Ogoni people through the KSWA have implored your Excellency as the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources to withhold your consent and/or approval to the said application by SPDC, particularly in relation to the Ogoni Fields in OML 11. Our petitions are grounded in the fact that the Ogoni people and their leaders have in the year 1993 declared SPDC persona non grata due to the company’s poor human rights records and reckless environmental policies in its over three decades of operations in Ogoniland.”


Copies of the petition were sent to the Vice President; Inspector General of Police; Director-General, Department of State Services Chief of Army Staff; National Security Adviser; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources; Group Managing Director, NNPC; Director, Petroleum Resources, DPR; and Governor of Rivers Statel; Attorney General of the Federation.

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