Black gold buccaneers

Piracy and oil theft still rife. 

Black gold buccaneers: Is Nigeria’s failing amnesty causing rise in oil piracy?

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media

For five years, there has been no direct combat between the Nigerian government and rebel militant groups in the Niger Delta. After years of conflict, the people were tired of hostility, the government was losing billions in oil revenues to attacks, and even the rebel groups were starting to get beaten down.

In 2009, the Nigerian government decided to try and put an end to the ongoing conflict that had plagued the Niger Delta for decades and had finally caused a complete collapse of the oil industry in the region. From August to October, the government offered amnesty and a full pardon to militants who agreed to lay down arms. Their weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades, guns, explosives, ammunition, and even gunboats, were confiscated.

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