The community in Nigeria’s Ogoniland region sued Shell for the oil spill of 2008-2009 that destroyed the environment.
Correspondents say the spillage was caused by pipelines which ran through the village. Shell stopped pumping oil from Ogoniland in 1993 after the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa – who was later hanged – led a campaign against it for allegedly destroying the environment. Martyn Day, representing the 69,000-strong community, said they would demand “adequate compensation immediately”. “This is one of the most devastating oil spills the world has ever seen and yet it had gone almost unnoticed until we received instructions to bring about a claim against Shell in this country [UK],” he said.
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