Frequently, Shell made no effort to learn what was done in their name by abusive local security forces because most protests emanated from issues such as environmental pollution and corruption pertinent to Oil companies.
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), the main operator on land, owns by 55% Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), 30% Royal Dutch Shell, 10%Elf and 5% Agip.
Oil spillage permanently impairing soil, leakage not cleared).Further, Ogoni’s were barred from Shell’s activities, not paid commensurate compensation for environment damage etc.
Shell being heavily dependent on Ogoni’s oil reserves, should reasonably compensate for the environment damages and offer employments to Ogoni’s in its operations and projects like Liquidified Gas plant.
Shell being the leading operator in Nigerian Oil and representing democratic countries had the competence in terms of know-how as well as resource wise; the Military government’s faith on Shell could have leveraged this for an amicable negotiation.