Shell ‘paying tens of millions to Nigerian security forces’
Shell is paying Nigerian security forces tens of millions of dollars a year to guard their sites in the Niger delta, according to reports.
The oil giant spent 40pc of its almost $1bn worldwide security budget between 2007 and 2009 on protecting staff and buildings in the volatile African region, the Guardian claimed, citing leaked internal data.
Shell also allegedly maintains a 1,200-strong internal police force in Nigeria, plus a network of plainclothes informants.
“The scale of Shell’s global security expenditure is colossal,” Ben Amunwa of London-based oil watchdog Platform told the newspaper.
The documents suggest that Shell’s worldwide security costs almost doubled in the three-year period, coinciding with the rise of armed insurgency in the Niger delta.
In 2008, 62 Shell employees or contractors were kidnapped and three killed in the region.