Nigeria’s Delta strategy

A government investment plan aims to disarm militant groups fighting for a greater share of the Niger Delta’s oil wealth.

Nigeria’s $10bn strategy to stem its vast flows of stolen oil

Magnus Boding Hansen for Irin, part of the Guardian development network

The sand is still hot under our feet. The oil thieves must have run the illegal oil refinery – hidden from the sea by thickets of mangrove – until just a short while ago. “Destroy everything, boys,” orders the commander of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) unit, Helen Amakiri.

Her job is to combat oil theft, estimated to cost Nigeria a tenth of its annual oil production. It’s a rate of loss that has dethroned the country as Africa’s largest oil producer – Angola now has a bigger output.

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