Alleged diversion: Group gives SPDC quit notice

…Calls for inclusion of qualified indigenous coys

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) Monday gave Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and its subsidiaries quit notice from operating in Nigeria.

According to the group, their action was borne out of the need to protect Nigeria’s oil economy.

CESJET has therefore urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency evacuate the Oil Company from the country.

While speaking at a news conference in Abuja, CESJET Legal Adviser Edward Omaga, also urged the Ministry of Justice and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to take further steps in arresting all SPDC top Executives over the allegation.

Not only that, the group is equally compelling the alleged persons to refund all oil revenues illegally stolen or diverted from Aiteo Group of Companies and the Nigerian Government between 2015 till date.

He said, “All pending, ongoing and or future contracts between Nigeria LNG Limited and Royal Dutch Shell acting through SPDC or other subsidiaries be cancelled and fresh bids opened for all qualified indigenous companies to apply for contracts with Nigeria LNG Limited.

“The unnecessary discrimination against indigenous companies in the lifting of LNG to favour their foreign counterparts like SPDC must stop.

In the meantime, the group has reiterated that it will not foreclose its resolve to sustain the struggle, saying it will engage the media and approach the appropriate courts of law to further ventilate its grievances.

“For us, it is no retreat and no surrender until justice is attained.

“In the event that our demands are not met, we shall lead a Mass Rally to the Headquarters of Shell in Nigeria as well as Offices of the Honourable Minister of Justice and DPR,” the group stated further.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach out to the top Shell executives was futile, just as the company Spokesperson could not be reached for comment over the allegation as at the time of going to press.