Ex-militants impound illegal oil barges in Ondo

Ex-militants led by Chief Bebopiri Ajube, on Thursday seized five badges laden with crude oil on Ondo waterways from hoodlums. Operations Manager of Ajube’s Gallery Security Services Limited, Mr. Ebi Molos, stated this when he took journalists to Bolowo, a riverside community in Ese Odo Local Government Area of the state where the seizure was made. Putting the total stolen crude at 1.65m litres, he said each of the five barges contained at least

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JTF impounds vessel with stolen oil

The Joint Task Force operating in the Niger Delta has arrested a vessel suspected to be carrying 1, 000 tonnes of crude oil off the coast of Bonny Island in Rivers. Commander of the 2 Brigade and Sector Two of the JTF, Maj.-Gen Tukur Buratai, paraded nine suspected crew members of the vessel before newsmen in Bonny on Tuesday. Buratai, represented by the 2 Brigade Army Public Relations Officer, Maj. Michael Etete, said the Nigerian registered vessel

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Ex-militants battle oil thieves in Delta

THE thinking was that with the involvement of ex-militant leader and founder of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, in Oil Facilities Surveillance Limited, OFSL, a pipeline surveillance company, contracted by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to police oil pipelines in Delta State, oil thieves would scamper to their holes. However, that appears not to be the case,

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Ijaw graduates give 7-day ultimatum to Chevron

Ijaw graduates from oil and gas bearing communities of Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdoms  in Delta State, operating under Kombot Employment Front, KEF, have issued a 7-day ultimatum to Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, to  employ successful Ogere trainees among them or face a disruption  of its operations in their areas. Read full

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How Govt Spent Over $1 billion to Buy Peace in Niger Delta

“Vandalising, killing people, kidnapping people,” said Igbikis, 28, describing his life as a former member of the Niger Delta Strike Force, one of the rebel groups whose attacks in the creeks of southern Nigeria crippled the country’s oil industry. read full text featured image courtesy of

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Niger-Delta Youths Set For Showdown

(featured image courtesy A coalition of youth groups in the  Niger Delta region are set for a showdown with the Federal Government over alleged mismanagement of funds by the management and Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). view full text 

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Anambra, Enugu and Kogi Bicker Over Oil Wells

An oil rich location whose potentials are yet to be fully tapped is generating tension between the three neighbouring states – Anambra, Enugu and Kogi – where the oil is located. (view full text)

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DERIVATION: Fiscal federalism to the rescue?

THE derivation principle or formula from natural resources was accordingly rejected in several parts of the federation in preference for a return to fiscal federalism principle under which federating states (or regions under the 1963 constitution) owned, controlled and developed the natural resources which were located on their land. View full text

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Northern leaders revenue formula campaign provocative – Ijaw group

The Ijaw National Congress on Sunday described as “provocative”, the ongoing northern leaders’ agitation for the revenue accruing to some states in Niger Delta to be reviewed and equitably distributed among states. View full text

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Niger Delta: MEND’s Violence on the Rise

Image: courtesy of The Nation On January 28th, the hard-won peace of the Niger Delta that was made possible after the federal government had spent billions of naira in an amnesty deal with militants was shattered when gunmen attacked the home of Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orurebe and blew up parts of the minister’s mansion. The identity of the attackers remained a mystery until February 5th when the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger

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