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Militants blast pipeline; 1st attack in Nigeria’s southwest

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WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Police say oil militants have blown up a state-owned gas pipeline in the first such attack reported in Nigeria’s southwest. Oil militants have slashed Nigerian oil production with attacks this year on installations in the south. They seek a greater share of profits for residents who have lost livelihoods to industry pollution that has destroyed agriculture ...

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Nigeria: Local leaders back militants hitting oil production

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Community leaders and activists in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta voiced support for a new group of violent militants, saying their demands for a greater share of oil wealth match the aspirations of local people. At a stakeholders’ meeting held Thursday in the southern town of Warri, community leaders accused the Nigerian government of a heavy-handed military ...

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Nigerian oil production drops after militant attacks

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Militant attacks on oil installations and a threatened nationwide strike are driving Nigeria’s petroleum production and its naira currency to new lows. Angola has become Africa’s biggest oil producer as Nigeria’s output slumped to 1.4 million barrels a day, Oil Minister Ibe Kachikwu said Monday, endangering a budget based on production of 2.2 million barrels. Angolan ...

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Shell Nigeria shuts oil terminal as attacks cut production

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WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Shell is temporarily closing the terminal exporting Nigeria’s benchmark Bonny Light crude oil as militant attacks have cut production in Africa’s biggest petroleum producer. Shell refused to confirm labor union reports that the company is also evacuating workers from Bonga oilfield following a threat. A bomb attack last week closed a major Chevron facility. Shell’s Forcados ...

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Militants attack Chevron oil facility in Nigeria, shut down

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Armed militants attacked a major Chevron oil and gas facility off Nigeria’s southern coast, the military said Friday, and the U.S.-based multinational said it was forced to shut production there but its exports will continue. A new group called the Niger Delta Avengers said it bombed Chevron’s Okan platform on Wednesday and warned international companies that ...

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The Latest: Nigeria senate president linked to offshore case

The Latest: Nigeria senate president linked to offshore case

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the publication by a coalition of media outlets of an investigation into offshore financial dealings by the rich and famous (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper is reporting that the country’s senate president, the third highest-ranking politician in Africa’s biggest oil producer, owns at least two offshore accounts that he tried ...

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Nigeria apologizes for fuel woes as frustration mounts

Two boys on the street in Nigeria salvaging scraps from construction sites to use or sell. (Image: Mark Fischer via Flickr)

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s oil minister has apologized for a crippling fuel shortage that has dragged on since late 2015 in the country that is sub-Saharan Africa’s no. 1 oil producer, creating long lines at gas stations and leaving travelers stranded on highways. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu told the Senate this week that the government is “pained” by the crisis ...

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Bomb attacks on pipelines cause massive oil spill in Nigeria

Bomb attacks on pipelines cause massive oil spill in Nigeria

WARRI, Nigeria — Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in Nigeria’s southern Bayelsa state, residents said Monday. Oil flowed unchecked for two days, according to fishermen who complained that a clean-up has not yet started. A spokesman for Italian parent company ENI said 16,000 barrels of ...

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