November 23, 2017

New rebel group escalates security threat in Niger Delta

The emergence of Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), the newly formed armed group claiming to be fighting for the share of oil revenue for people of the oil-rich Niger Delta, has escalated security threats to oil projects in the historically volatile region.

Last week, NDGJM blew up part of the Urhobo pipeline in Delta State, after its self-proclaimed “General” Aldo Agbalaja, threatened that it was planning a major attack “within 48 hours”. Meanwhile, the terrorist group has threatened that more attacks are underway.

The populous Niger Delta region on the Gulf of Guinea has, for decades seen attacks, by local militants on oil installations run by the NPDC and by foreign oil giants, causing successive governments to deploy troops.

The past four decades has seen the emergence of various militant groups claiming to fighting for the rights of people of the Niger Delta area. Most prominent of them are the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and the Niger Delta Avengers.

MEND is a historic armed movement demanding reparations and a fair share of oil revenue for residents of the Niger Delta, which has seen spin-offs by radicals who want independence for the region and refuse to recognise Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner, as president.

Attacks by another group, the Niger Delta Avengers, have led to a sharp fall in oil production since the start of the year in a country already hit by tumbling prices for crude, which accounts for 70% of state revenue.

Information sourced from AFP News and adapted for African Mining Brief Online

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