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After 24 Years Of Unfair Murder Of 9 Ogoni Leaders By Military, Their Widows Demand Justice

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Ken Saro-Wiwa. (Greenpeace Witness book page 93) Ken Saro-Wiwa addressing Ogoni Day demonstration, Nigeria. The demonstration was officially called to mark the start of UNICEF’s International Year of Indigenous People, but unofficially it was against the Shell oil company.

Exactly 24 years ago, 9 Ogoni activists lead by Ken Saro-Wiwa were hanged by Nigeria’s military regime after a blatantly unfair trial.

On 10 November 1995 the Nigerian government executed nine leaders of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) on trumped up murder charges. Tellingly, Ken Saro-Wiwa and the others were at the forefront of a campaign against the environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland.

Many of the witnesses who implicated the Ogoni Nine during their trial subsequently recanted their evidence, stating that they had been bribed by the Nigerian government and had been offered money and jobs with Shell to give false testimony.

Their widows are now demanding justice

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