Dr Barinem Nubari Kiobel

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The man Hon. (Dr) Barinem NuBari Kiobel, though had gone to be with God in Heaven, the drops of tears that gushed out of his dying eyes have started wetting the fabrics of society. He was defenseless as a mortal, but now his pious spirit is hovering across the dwelling places of his killers, whispering guilt into their ears.

The man Hon. (Dr) Barinem NuBari Kiobel, though had gone to be with God in Heaven, the drops of tears that gushed out of his dying eyes have started wetting the fabrics of society. He was defenseless as a mortal, but now his pious spirit is hovering across the dwelling places of his killers, whispering guilt into their ears.

The thought of how passionate my husband was, energizes me to continue fighting for his vindication, for he was a man of peace, who believed in justice. His death was a wrongful one, it was a clear act of genocide; the zenith of human rights violation.It is a shame the Nigerian Government would connive with a foreign corporation to kill such a priceless and pride-exuding son of the soil, whose credential meant hope for the nation. He was academically endowed, and earned the suffixes of PhD MCOM, MBA, BBA, DIPM DIPMGT-ABE MCIM MINSTT, among other accolades. 


Dr. Barinem Nubari Kiobel was born in Kpor Town in Gokana Local Government Area of River State in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He was born into the family of Madam Vurage Kile Diiyor (mother) and Chief Francis Kiobel Barika (father) on September 23, 1959.Below are his educational and career history.

West African Examination Council

PH.D – Research topic: – Comparative Analysis of tourism – Planning and Development in Nigeria and India. Work Experience/Research 1976 – 1979; Marketing Officer/NPPB Permanent Representative Rivoc

Permanent representative at Rivoc (Rivers Vegetable Oil Company)1986-1987; President – Nigeria Union – Scotland Functions include: Representation of Nigerians in Scotland on various bodies at non-diplomatic level liaison with Nigerian dignitaries receptions.1987 – 90; Research supervision Masters and Bachelor’s degrees between 1987 and 1990, he supervised both undergraduate and post-graduate research students at Masters and Bachelor’s degree levels at the University of Strathclyde.1986 -1990; Tutorial lectureship in Tourism/Management.Hotel school – University of Strathclyde

Trust House Porte, Aston Clinton Road.

1990-1991; He was an Assistant tourism/marketing officer trade and investment promoters section; Nigeria High Commission, Northumberland.1991-92; He was director import/export operations Quicksort Merchants LTD, Brawn House Hillington. Awards

Through his effort, the Commissioner for Community Relations in OMPADEC visited Gokana kingdom and addressed the people of Ogoni successfully.

Duties/Responsibilities As (Hon) Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism, his major achievements were as follows

The above achievement made him to be highly loved and honored by his people, the Ogoni tribe of Rivers State of Nigeria. In addition, during his position in four man committee MOSOP in Kpor Gokana chapter, he also brought peace, progress and unity to the entire village.

Other official engagement/relationship he had with the Rivers State Military Administrator. Lt. Col D.M. Komo, and the Honorable Minister of Commerce and Tourism, Chief Melford Okilo was very remarkable, and contributed highly to the success of the implementation of the national oil museum, Oloibiri Project. As a good citizen of Nigeria, Dr. Kiobel contributed positively to the progress of his people and community. He earned the loyalty and admiration of his people; he was a hero, so to say, which made Komo and Shell (SPDC) to consider him the perfect candidate to be used for their evil plan.

Event Leading to his execution in 1995

And in a fiat military fashion, they summoned him to be part of their executive meeting, convey at the Government House, Port Harcourt, where they tried to bribe Dr. Kiobel to betray his people and his conscience. Alas, the outcome was not what the evil-plotters expected, thus the perpetrators got disappointed, and connived to get rid of my husband at all cost. They decided to portray my husband, Ken and the rest of them as criminals.

Even with the passing years, the horror is fresh in my mind’s eye; I still cannot believe what happened, seeing my husband and his fellow owners of the land – sons of the soil – being maimed, killed in the most ruthless manner, and acidized, just because they spoke out to possess back their freedom and wealth, was the zenith of man’s inhumanity to fellow man.

One thing I know for sure is that my husband’s blood will continue to cry out as the biblical Abel did, until justice is served. I will continue fighting for justice for myself and my husband and the oppressed, with God’s help I shall succeed.

He was a great husband, brother, father, best friend and playmate. He was a loving guy with a good heart. He loved and respected everyone around him. He always told me that he did not mind if he died for his people, whenever I approached him about his security. He would laugh and say,

“Darling you are still a baby, I tell you what, God is our security, and without him we cannot do anything.”

The Kiobel Vs Shell’s Case

Corporations like  $hell (SPDC), who enjoy the privilege of doing business in America and all the other pay back of corporate personhood, should be answerable for their role in gross human rights violations. My desire is for our case to become a legal precedent by which present and future victims of human rights violations can turn to United States court for relief, as provided by the Allen Tort Statues of 1789.

Shell (SPDC) is fighting hard for the case not to be heard because they know that I do have evidence. During the deposition at Philadelphia with shell’s lawyer, she was outraged at the first evidence shown to her. She was silent for a while, and then proceeded to ask me how much I was suing for. I replied her that I wanted justice for my husband and my family period!  I challenge Shell not to run away from justice, instead to prove they are not guilty. My late husband’s blood is crying out looking for justice. Seeing my husband’s killers, the perpetrators of human rights violations out there loosed and free, whereas many innocent people are incarcerated around the world, is extremely frightening and painful.

Hon. (Dr.) Barinem Nubari Kiobel was a man with a prodigious heart that cared for others. A kind-hearted man that was selfless. He was a wonderful husband, God-fearing man, good father, brother and  best friend. He was a man of timber and caliber. He has been very much missed and will always be remembered. His death was a wrongful act!

This Post Was Written by Mrs Kiobel Esther