By Nigerians Saving Nigerians: www.nigerianssavingnigerians.org
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the People of Ogale in the Eleme Local Government area, Rivers State, Nigeria against Shell in a Detriot, Michigan Federal Court. The civil complaint states: “”the Nsisioken Ogale community is exposed to hydrocarbons every day through multiple routes such as frequent oil spills and pervasive air pollution from refining operations,” “At all times relevant to this litigation, Defendants knew or should have known that the crude oil contains chemicals hazardous to human health and to the environment and ecosystems,”"
The Law suit was filed in the United States on the basis of the “U.S. Alien Tort Statue law”. It can be noted that the United Nations (UN) report released August, 2011 calls the Ogale and the surrounding Ogoniland one of the world’s most polluted areas. The UN research team found Serious Groundwater contamination in the Eleme Local Government area; People in the area drink contaminated water with carcinogens at 900 times the World Health Organization’s safety limit.
The suit against Shell was filed on behalf of Ogale village by King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi of the Ogoni and four other tribal leaders. The Plaintiffs are seeking $1 Billion as compensation and immediate cleanup of the pollution and an injunction to require air and water monitoring.
Below, are videos of the situation in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Video Credit: Comrade Sunny Ofehe
Founder of Nigerians Saving Nigerians, Omololu Omotosho discuss the plight of the people in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria on Al Jazeera (9th Minute)
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