There is an inevitable and serious conflict of interest between Delta communities that bear the environmental damage of oil extraction and the rest of the nation for which oil money is essentially a free good. On May 21, soldiers and mobile policemen appeared in most Ogoni villages.
Ita, an Efik man from Calabar, was one of the pioneer nationalists for Nigerian independence. On that day, four Ogoni chiefs all on the conservative side of a schism within MOSOP over strategy were brutally murdered.
Shell claimed to have asked the Nigerian government Niger delta show clemency towards those found guilty,  but said its request was refused. Soldiers opened fire with rifles, machine guns, and tear gas, killing Niger delta least three protesters and arresting twenty-five more.
Recently foreign employees of Shellthe primary corporation operating in the region, were taken hostage by outraged local people. Threats of more seizures led to another station being closed but government forces were able to reopen both stations by 26 September.
Government soldiers and police obtained and destroyed civilian property by force. Although many observers of the South South think primarily of youths invading oil company properties when they think of conflict there, in fact the roots of South South conflicts lie deeper in history and in the contemporary social circumstances of the area.
At military roadblocks, local residents were severely beaten or detained. No one knew how much oil had leaked. On the morning of December 30, two thousand young people processed through Yenagoa, dressed in black, singing and dancing.
The unions suspended their strikes the next day.
Military repression escalated in May The NDPFV attempted to control such resources primarily through oil "bunkering", a process in which an oil pipeline is tapped and the oil extracted onto a barge. On January 4, about one hundred soldiers from the military base at Chevron 's Escravos facility attacked Opia and Ikiyan, two Ijaw communities in Delta State.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta is thought to be behind most of the attacks. Speculation centered on militants using divers. At military roadblocks, local residents were severely beaten or detained.
Ahead of us lay swamp. On 1 May this year a ruptured ExxonMobil pipeline in the state of Akwa Ibom spilled more than a million gallons into the delta over seven days before the leak was stopped. The Nigerian government classifies these groups as "cults", but many began as local university fraternities.
On the morning of December 30, two thousand young people processed through Yenagoa, dressed in black, singing and dancing. Their livelihoods are primarily based on fishing and farming.
However, a Greenpeace report found that "two witnesses that accused them [Saro-Wiwa and the other activists] later admitted that Shell and the military had bribed them with promises of money and jobs at Shell. Of the approximately 1, people living in the two villages, four people were found dead and sixty-two were still missing months after the attack.
The Nigerian government classifies these groups as "cults", but many began as local university fraternities. The NDPVF was founded by Asari, a former president of the Ijaw Youth Council, in after he "retreated into the bush" to form the group with the explicit goal of acquiring control of regional petroleum resources.
Ogoni Flag created by Ken Saro-Wiwa Beginning in Decemberthe conflict between Ogonis and the oil infrastructure escalated to a level of greater seriousness and intensity on both sides.
Moreover, Delta problems do not threaten consolidation of democratic civilian governance in Nigeria nor do they trigger ethnic riots elsewhere in the country.The latest Tweets from Niger Delta (@Franeb). Carpe diem. Abak, Nigeria. Current weather in Niger Delta and forecast for today, tomorrow, and next 14 days.
That was the Niger delta a few years ago, where, according to Nigerian academics, writers and environment groups, oil companies have acted with such impunity and recklessness that much of the. The Niger delta is a vast low-lying region through which the waters of the Niger River drain into the Gulf of Guinea.
Characteristic landforms in this region include oxbow lakes, river meander belts (see meander), and prominent levees. The Niger Delta is the delta of the Niger River sitting directly on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean in Nigeria. It is typically considered to be located within nine coastal southern Nigerian states, which include: all six states from the South South geopolitical zone.
The trace metal contents of various fish and shellfishes from the Niger delta area of Nigeria were determined. The levels in the shellfishes were higher than those in the fish, which could be due to their being bottom feeders.Download