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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Inside the secret Abacha memo approving execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, others

In November 1995, while an overwhelming international outcry mounted against the execution of the Ogoni leader, Ken Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues, defiant military dictator, Sani Abacha, backed by a small band of military officers, convinced themselves that executing them, swiftly, was the best way to resolve the Ogoni unrest “once and for all”, and to make it clear to Nigerians and the world the authoritarian regime was no weakling. Read more

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Shell faces lawsuit over Niger Delta pollution

(Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell faces a lawsuit from four Nigerian villagers on Thursday in a case that could set a precedent for damage claims against international companies. view full text

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Ethnicity and power politics: From June 12 to Boko Haram

This is not the first time Nigeria would be descending into anarchy in the face of latent and manifest power struggle between ethno-sectional groups. In January 1966 when a group of mid-level army officers, mostly Igbo, seized power in a revolution that upstaged the leadership that was predominantly Hausa-Fulani, hell was let loose on the state from the July 29 countercoup....Read full

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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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Source of Akwa Ibom oil spill unknown, says Mobil

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN), operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/MPN Joint Venture, confirms that oiling from an unknown source had been sighted on the shoreline, near Ibeno, Akwa Ibom.  According to a statement by Mobil, “An emergency response team was immediately dispatched to the shoreline and samples of the substance collected for fingerprinting to determine its source, which remains unknown." Read

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PIB and the Niger Delta

With the latest move to address the petrol-carbon sector in Nigeria through the Petroleum Industry Bill, Nigerians are anxious to see how far it will go in addressing among others: the legal, fiscal and regulatory framework, the guidelines for the operation of the upstream, midstream and the downstream sectors, the redistribution  of economic rent in the host oil producing communities, the impact on the environment, especially gas flaring. What

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E-Conference Report: THE PIB & YOU by Spaces for Change

The new version of the PIB seamlessly weaves some notably progressive provisions with a number of disturbing additions that require serious debate and reconsideration. In essence, the 223-page PIB includes plans to unbundle and list the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the Nigerian Stock Exchange; increase taxation for deep offshore; and give the oil minister supervisory powers over all institutions in the industry.

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Essence of Oil Press Release

According to the Executive Director, Mr. Soji Apampa, “Nigerians have a rather short memory and soon forget details of painful experiences they have been through. Take for example the fuel subsidy saga of January 2012: the details of the occupy movement, those who died, and the reasons why ordinary people joined are fast fading. Also, when many discuss public policy issues, they sound quite pedestrian, as they often are too lazy to find the evidence

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(Video) Without Walls Interview with Ken Saro-Wiwa.

“To deny a people the right to self-determination for well than a hundred years is to subject them to slavery; To take away the resources of a people and refuse to give them anything in return is to subject them to slavery; To take away the land of a people who depend solely on land for their survival and refuse to pay them compensation is to subject them to genocide.” -Ken Saro-Wiwa (his last inteterview). Watch

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(Video) Poison Fire by Maweni Farm

A documentary of the Niger-Delta from the Niger-Delta. Watch  Poison Fire

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