Blood and Oil in Nigeria: Support Congressional Demands for an Investigation Into US Corporate Complicity in the Killings in the Nigerian Oil Fields

by The Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
Undated, late February or March 1999?
6 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Nigeria
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says there is growing evidence of collaboration between U.S. oil companies and Nigerian government security forces in the repression of environmental protesters in Niger Delta oil fields. This year alone, scores of people have been killed by the regime in an effort to end occupations of Shell, Mobil, Chevron, and Texaco production platforms that began in May by community activists that have cut Nigeria's oil output by a third. The great majority of those killed have been members of the minority Ijaw people, whose traditional lands account for some 70 percent of Nigeria's oil wealth. The mailing asks people to contact their Congressional Representative and ask them to support the call for a Congressional investigation into the role of the U.S. oil companies in the killings and ask their Representative to become a sponsor of Rep. Kucinich's Dear Colleague letter. The mailing includes a reprint of "Oil Giants, Military Attack Niger Delta Communities" by Norm Dixon. It also includes eyewitness accounts of repression in the Nigerian oil fields in December 1998 and January 1999 that were released by Human Rights Watch on February 23 as part of “The Price of Oil,” its report on corporate complicity in human rights abuses in the Niger River Delta. The mailing discusses Chevron Oil Company, Pacifica Radio journalist Amy Goodman, military dictatorship, the Kaiama Declaration, the Niger River delta, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Operation Climate Change, a state of emergency in Bayelsa state, the Niger Delta Women for Justice, Sedeco Forex, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (Nigeria), the Parabe oil platform, Mobile Police, Bola Oyinbo, Chevron helicopters, G. L. Kirkland, Mike Libbey, Chief Ajoko, soldiers, Milton Pens Arizia, Moses Ogori, Nairobi Finikumo, Chief Geigei, Aklis Ogbugu, Chief Sergeant Afuniama, T.K. Owonaro, Chief Tolumoye Ajoko, Pereowei Presley Egurzue, the Opia Community, Kekedu Lawuru, Major Joseph Osadolo, refugees, the Mandagho military base by Chevron's operation at Escravos. Port Harcourt, spills from poorly maintained pipelines, oil revenue, gas flares, and riot police. The mailing says to contact Mike Fleshman for more information.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root