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1998-11-20

Nigerian Attorney Demands Meeting with Chevron

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On May 28, 1998, the company transported Nigerian soldiers to an offshore drilling platform in the Atlantic Ocean. There, dozens of community activists had peacefully occupied the Parabe oil platform and barge demanding that Chevron contribute more to development of the impoverished oil region of the Niger Delta. Soon after landing in Chevron-leased helicopters, the Nigerian military shot to death two protesters, Jola Ogunbege and Aroleka Irowaninu, wounded several others and detained 11 activists for three weeks. During their imprisonment, one activist said that he was handcuffed and hung from a ceiling fan hook for hours for refusing to sign a confession written by Nigerian authorities.

Guest:

  • Uche Onyeagucha, a lawyer with the Environmental Rights Action, a Nigerian environment rights group which has also investigated the killings. He is demanding demand a meeting with Chevron CEO Ken Derr.

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