Shell admits its Nigeria liability

OIL giant Shell has admitted liability for two spills in Nigeria, leaving it in the firing line for up to an estimated £250m in compensation payments.

The Bodo community in the Niger Delta, which sued the firm in the English courts earlier in the year, said it would now seek payments for environmental damage done in 2008 and 2009.

One of Shell’s pipelines in Nigeria was closed yesterday thanks to a separate leak.

The Shell subsidiary involved said yesterday it “will pay compensation in accordance with Nigerian law”.