Shell to pay €15m in compensation to Nigerian farmers for oil spills

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Oil company Shell announced today that it will pay €15 million in compensation to Nigerian farmers for oil spills that severely polluted three villages, after a Dutch court ruled in 2021 that Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary was liable for damages resulting from the spills, following a complaint by four Nigerian farmers, all of whom died during the legal battle.

In a statement, Shell explained that this compensation concerns 3 communities in Nigeria that were victims of oil spills between 2004 and 2007, according to an agreement reached with Milieudefensie, a Dutch environmental organisation and branch of the international organisation Friends of the Earth.

With this agreement, Shell says it has settled all claims related to the spills.

One of the current plaintiffs, quoted in a statement by Milieudefensie, said that the decision is a great relief for Nigerians after years of legal action, adding that companies will no longer be able to ignore human rights by polluting the environment.

Jihan Rmili

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