Security in Nigeria costs Shell Millions, leaked data shows
Shell is paying Nigerian security forces tens of millions of dollars a year to guard their installations and staff in the Niger delta, according to leaked internal financial data seen by the Guardian. It was reported that Shell also maintains a 1,200-strong internal police force in Nigeria, plus a network of plainclothes informants.
According to the data, Shell spent nearly $1bn on worldwide security between 2007-2009.
The documents show that nearly 40% of Shell’s total security expenditure over the three year period – $383m (£244m) – was spent on protecting its staff and installations in Nigeria’s volatile Niger delta region. In 2009, $65m was spent on Nigerian government forces and $75m on “other” security costs – believed to be a mixture of private security firms and payments to individuals.