At those February meetings, Shell formulated a strategy that included using the Nigerian military and police to suppress the indigenous protesters. The plaintiffs say, in court documents, that Shell knew “that the means to be used in that endeavor would include military violence against Ogoni civilians.” Those same documents describe the details of the “usual assistance” that the government provided on Shell’s behalf: Nigerian troops equipped with Shell helicopters, boats, and automatic weapons committing attacks on villages and communities engaged in the protests; massacres of hundreds of civilians, widespread property destruction, displacement of tens of thousands of people. The plans that were hatched at those meetings 20 years ago culminated in the arrest, torture and execution of a group of community leaders known as the Ogoni Nine. One of those men was Dr. Barinem Kiobel. Courts.
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