Niger Delta tensions rise
Withdrawal of amnesty payments sees threats and increased tensions among militants.
Tensions build in Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta
BY ULF LAESSING
Enjoying a chilled cider in a hotel pool bar, former Nigerian militant leader Ebi John has a simple message for President Muhammadu Buhari – keep paying my men or risk a new insurgency in the Niger Delta.
Tensions have been building in the southern swampland since Buhari said in his inauguration speech in May that he wanted to “streamline” an amnesty, that included stipend payments, agreed in 2009 with militants who were fighting for a greater share of oil revenues and hampering output in Africa’s biggest producer.
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