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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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Corruption, Conflict and the Management of Natural Resources by Horatiu A. Rus

The documented link between natural resources and civil conflict is not well understood. This paper uses a political economy framework to explore the emergence of resource-based civil conflict driven by group-level discontent. Previous models of resource conflicts are premised on the idea that the desire of enrichment by appropriating resources is the driving force for insurgents. view full text

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Nigerian Militants Vow to Resume Attacks Next Week

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's main militant group vowed to resume attacks after a cease-fire expires next week, while the government said Thursday that more than 8,000 militants had disarmed as part of an amnesty program. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said in a statement that it would no longer limit its attacks to the destruction of pipelines and said that most of those participating in the amnesty program ''were rented

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Oil Exploitation and Conflict in the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria

The Niger-Delta area of Nigeria, coincides approximately to the south-south geopolitical zone of the country. Before the discovering of the black gold (crude oil), agriculture was the dominant occupation of the people in the area. This study reveals that the causes of the crises in the Niger-Delta region is sequel to the inability of the multinational companies involved in the explorations and exploitation of crude oil, and the federal government

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Escalation of Violence Worries Exxon Mobil

On September 18, two Exxon Mobil Nigeria executives told Energyoff that while September 13-16 attacks in Rivers State did not reduce oil production from their fields, they are concerned about growing instability in the state and the impact it might have on facilities which serve their offshore oil platforms.view full text (image courtesy of naija247)

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Niger Delta Social and Conflict Analysis

Nigeria’s Niger Delta is endowed with vast reserves of oil and natural gas. Despite these resources, the region is marked by deprivation and underdevelopment. This study aims to enhance understanding of the factors that have contributed to violent conflict in the Niger Delta so that the Bank country team (and development partners and government) can take them into account in strategy formation and program development. read full study image courtesy

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Small Arms, Armed Violence, and Insecurity in Nigeria: The Niger Delta in Perspective By Jennifer M. Hazen with Jonas Horner

This report is based on field research that was carried out by the Small Arms Survey and our Nigerian partners from September 2006 to April 2007. Consequently, the analysis presented here reflects the situation in Nigeria during this period. read full report featured image courtesy of Nigerian Times

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Shell Logistics Base in Bayelsa State Attacked by Youths

The seven expatriate employees of ExxonMobil contractors kidnapped October 3 remain hostages. On October 10, youths attacked a small naval facility and neighboring Shell logistics base in Bayelsa State; 10-20 Shell and Shell contractor employees, none of them Americans, are being held by the youths.view full text image source: riversstatenews.com  

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The Economy of Conflict in the Oil Rich Niger Delta Region of Nigeria Augustine Ikelegbe

Economies of war underpinned by greed and opportunities have been posited to underlie causality, dynamics and the sustenance of conflicts and particularly Africa’s resource wars. The study examines the economy of conflict in the resource conflicts in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. It was found that a conflict economy comprising an intensive and violent struggle for resource opportunities, inter and intra communal/ethnic conflicts over resources

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