Uzere community is in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State. The community host Shell flow stations and 39 oil wells, with a daily production of over 56,000 barrels of oil.
Shell has operated in Uzere community for the past 52 years without any Global Memorandum of Understanding with Uzere Community. In Febuary, 2011, refused to honour the visitation by the community to discuss and sign the GMoU, so that people from the community can have a legal document of partnership with the corporation.
In October of the same year Uzere people sent a reminder to SPDC on the need of sign the GMOU with the community but both requests got no response from SPDC. On 29th November 2011 they therefore agreed to shut schools, markets and other commercial activities and trooped out en-masse to protest Shell negligence. Over 5,000 of the community people including women and children matched to the SPDC Uzere flow station in a peaceful protest. The company s reaction to the peaceful protest was violence as it called in the Nigerian Army, and allegedly instructed them to forcefully quell the protests. That incident led to the killing of three community members and over 100 injured. However, the Governor of the state has intervened in order to bring calmness to the area.