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Allegations Of Human Rights Violations Against Shell To Be Heard In Dutch Court

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Allegation Of Human Rights Violation Against Shell To Be Heard In Dutch Court

A Dutch court will hear the first arguments today in a historic case against Shell, in which the oil giant is accused of instigating a raft of horrifying human rights violations committed by the Nigerian government against the Ogoni people in the 1990s.

Esther Kiobel, Victoria Bera, Blessing Eawo and Charity Levula are suing Shell over its alleged role in the unlawful arrest, detention and execution of their husbands by the Nigerian military.  The killings followed a brutal crackdown on Ogoni protests against Shell’s devastating pollution of the region.

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Esther Kiobel says, Shell has continually fought over the years to ensure this case did not make it to court.

Amnesty international, which supports the plaintiffs and legal team, has independently documented Shell’s role in killings, rape and torture carried out by the Nigerian government in its effort to crush protests.

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The husbands were hanged in 1995 after what was described as a sham trial. Their widows are now demanding compensation and a public apology from shell. Five other men, including protest leader Ken Saro-Wiwa, were also executed.  Collectively, they are now known as the Ogoni nine.

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INEC Includes Zamfara APC Candidates In 2019 Elections

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INEC Includes Zamfara APC Candidate To Participate In 2019 Elections

Independent National Electoral Commission has included All Progressives Congress candidates in the governorship, National and State Assembly elections. The commission says their inclusion is in compliance with court order.

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As seen on INEC official Twitter handle:

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Kaduna CP Faults El-Rufai’s Figures On Adara Killings

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Kaduna CP Faults El-Rufai's Figures On Adara Killings

Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Abdulrahman Ahmad, has faulted figures given by Governor Nasir El-Rufai on the number of people killed in the crisis in Adara, Kajuru local government area of the state.

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Ahmad says the governor pre-empted police investigations.

Governor El-Rufai had said earlier that 66 Fulani were killed in the local government. Later, he jacked up the figure to 130.

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Ahmad says investigations were still ongoing and it would be inappropriate to provide any figures at this time.

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Ogun PDP Crisis Deepens As Party Suspends Abati, Sowunmi, Others

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Ogun PDP Crisis Deepens As Party Suspends Abati, Sowunmi, Others

The crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State worsened on Thursday as a faction loyal to a member of the House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu, suspended, for anti-party activities, a deputy governorship candidate, Reuben Abati; spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar campaign organisation, Segun Sowunmi; and 37 candidates of the party loyal to Kashamu.

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The faction led by Sikirulai Ogundele says the suspension is at the instance of the ward and local executive committees which noted that affected members failed to appear before them and also did not respond to queries served on them.

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