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27 March 2017 06:35 (South Africa)

Minor Niger Delta militants out of tune with majors

It was touch and go, but a number of senior militants in the Niger Delta have accepted a presidential amnesty at the last minute. However, hours later, a smaller group that began the unrest in the oil-rich region in the first place has gone to court, saying the 60-day amnesty that offered cash and training for fighters who disarmed is illegal. Using lawyers is a novel way to fight a war. The Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force has supposedly been inactive for years, but now it is feared that the court case may be intended as a rallying call. The problem appears to be that some militants who represent poor people in the oil-rich creeks are unwilling to give up the lucrative business of stealing oil while the underlying political and economic landscape remains unchanged.

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