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Oil Companies in Nigeria: Emerging Good Practice or Still Fuelling Conflict?

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Corporate Security Responsibility?

Part of the book series: Global Issues Series ((GLOISS))

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In 1990, the Ogoni people started protesting against oil production on their land by Royal Dutch Shell.’ In 1995, nine Ogoni leaders were executed after a trial without due process (ICG 2006b: 4f). The protest by the Ogoni people and the ensuing global civil society campaign brought international attention to Shell’s operations and other multinational oil companies in Nigeria. Shell in Nigeria became almost a synonym for corporate irresponsibility in oil production. Despite the transition to democracy in 1999, Nigeria is still troubled by violent conflict, not least by oil-related violence in the Niger Delta, the country’s oil-producing region. Oil companies are inevitably involved in the conflicts that surround oil, the determiner of much of Nigeria’s politics and its future.

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© 2010 Melanie Zimmer

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Zimmer, M. (2010). Oil Companies in Nigeria: Emerging Good Practice or Still Fuelling Conflict?. In: Deitelhoff, N., Wolf, K.D. (eds) Corporate Security Responsibility?. Global Issues Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230277052_3

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