While the Nigerian government is raking in millions of dollars from crude oil exports, residents of communities in the oil producing areas are suffering.

Oil spills resulting from crude mining activities have destroyed farmlands causing untold hardships to the indigenes.

Most of the time, no compensations are paid by oil producing companies as they deny any wrong doing. Litigations drag for years, leaving the people helpless.

Now, two of the international major oil majors, Eni and Shell have been accused by Amnesty International of negligence when addressing spills in Nigeria.

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On Friday, Amnesty International while describing their actions as “serious negligence”, said the companies were “taking weeks to respond to reports of spills and publishing misleading information about the cause and severity of spills, which may result in communities not receiving compensation”.

A Shell spokesman immediately responded to the report, saying that Amnesty’s allegations “are false, without merit and fail to recognise the complex environment in which the company operates”.

Eni declined immediate comment.

Shell and Eni have for decades been two of the most active oil majors operating in the Niger Delta region.

Nigeria’s crude-producing heartland is an ecological disaster zone, scarred by decades of spills that have killed trees and other plants.

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