Nigeria: Govt Launches ‘Soft Approach’ to Counter Boko Haram

Abuja — Nigeria’s national security adviser has unveiled plans for a new non-military strategy to combat a four-and-half year old Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands of people. The strategy would complement, not replace, military efforts to fight radical sect Boko Haram. About 10 months ago Nigeria launched its biggest military push ever against Boko…

Nigeria: Advocacy Group Tackles Oil Companies Over Spills

The Nigerian operations of two major international companies have been accused of failing to control oil spills which damage the environment and the health of Nigerians. In a report released on Thursday, Amnesty International attacks the multinational company, Shell, for too quickly attributing oil spills to sabotage and theft by outsiders. It also accused Agip,…

An oil platform of the US Pride company situated off the Angolan coast.

Angola rivals Nigeria for oil dominance

GENEVA/LONDON – Angola’s oil exports will rise to around 1.74 million barrels per day (bpd) in November, a shipping list showed on Tuesday, leaving supplies virtually level with top African producer and fellow-OPEC member Nigeria. Nigeria is normally the continent’s top exporter but a series of theft-related supply disruptions on key grades such as Bonny…

West Africa

China Finds Resistance to Oil Deals in Africa

NIAMEY, Niger — In Niger, government officials have fought a Chinese oil giant step by step, painfully undoing parts of a contract they call ruinous. In neighboring Chad, they have been even more forceful, shutting down the Chinese and accusing them of gross environmental negligence. In Gabon, they have seized major oil tracts from China, handing them…

Nigerian troops ‘kill Boko Haram commander Momodu Bama’

Posters listing wanted militants, including Boko Haram’s leader, are on display Nigeria’s military has said it has killed the second-in-command of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. His death earlier in the month had been “confirmed by other arrested terrorists”, a military spokesman, Brig Gen Chris Olukolade said. Momodu Bama, also known by his alias…