Shell Closes Operation in Western Division

The threat action of the Niger Delta militants yesterday took a heavy toll on the nation’s oil sector as Shell Petroleum Development Company shut down its entire operation in the western division and declared “force majeure”. The action means that … read more


Militants holding nine foreign oil-worker hostages called Tuesday for independent negotiators to mediate among the hostage-takers and a Nigerian federal government they deem illegitimate. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said there have been no negotiations so … read more

MEND issue new deadline

BARELY 48 hours after kidnapping nine expatriates, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta on Sunday gave a fresh seven-day notice to multinational oil firms in the country to vacate their offices. The movement also said that it … read more

Police Strike fails to take off

A planned nationwide strike by junior police officers in crime-ridden Nigeria to press for wage hikes, better work conditions and promotions failed to take off on Monday, a spokesman said. “There is no strike. Everybody is at his duty post. … read more

Newspaper names hostages

Barely 10 hours after helicopter gunship of the Nigeria Air Force launched the second in the series of planned raids on oil bunkerers in the Niger Delta at the Ijaw community of Okerenkoko, Ijaw militants in retaliation yesterday hit four … read more

Authorities seek release of hostages

Nigerian authorities were seeking to negotiate the safe release Sunday of nine foreign workers who were taken hostage during the latest wave of violence to rock Africa’s biggest oil industry. Heavily armed separatist militants carried out a series of attacks … read more

Militants threaten tankers

Militants responsible for a string of attacks and kidnappings that have cut Nigerian oil exports by 20 percent threatened for the first time Today to target international oil tankers coming into this West African nation’s waters to load crude oil. … read more