WikiLeaks cables: Shell’s grip on Nigerian state revealed
US embassy cables reveal top executive’s claims that company ‘knows everything’ about key decisions in government ministries
David Smith
The Guardian
December 8, 2010

Nigerian oil, Shell Despite billions of dollars in oil
revenue, 70% of people in Nigeria live below the
poverty line. Photograph: George Osodi/AP

The oil giant Shell claimed it had inserted staff into
all the main ministries of the Nigerian government,
giving it access to politicians’ every move in the oil-
rich Niger Delta, according to a leaked US diplomatic

The company’s top executive in Nigeria told US
diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every
relevant department and so knew “everything that was
being done in those ministries”. She boasted that the
Nigerian government had “forgotten” about the extent of
Shell’s infiltration and was unaware of how much the
company knew about its deliberations.

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