16 February 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has expressed dismayed at the decision of a UK Appeal Court, blocking an attempt to hold the Royal Dutch Shell accountable for environmental crimes by its subsidiaries in Nigeria.
MOSOP, while reacting to the Appeal Court ruling, said the judgment was not only a blow to the aspirations of the Ogoni people and the people of the Niger Delta but a bad precedence and a dangerous setback against the hopes of millions of people who allegedly suffer injustice from irresponsible business operations of European multinationals.
A statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of MOSOP, Mr. Felago Nsuke, stated that the court’s decision may have made it more difficult to hold the parent company of the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, to account for her crimes in the Niger Delta where its activities have sent millions of people to death, but that the development does not foreclose other options to justice.
“We wish to state that the court decision does not exonerate the company of the heinous crimes it has committed in the Niger Delta.
“The reality about Shell in Ogoni and the entire Niger Delta is that the company is a killer.
“The decision is also a call on the people to challenge corporate irresponsibility of multinationals like Shell, whose activities threaten the survival of the people, through civil protests to force the desired change and put an end to the racist business activities of Shell and other multinationals,” MOSOP said