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salstep
Jan 11, 2009, 01:59 PM
Cant find the 30mins documentary. Will post if found.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/7816654.stm


The Niger Delta, a region the size of England, is littered with violence and gas flares - the offshoot of oil extraction - whose roar and heat you can feel for hundreds of metres around.

The flares have become symbols of the region and the paradox that exists in an area where you find one of the world's richest oil regions alongside some of the poorest people.

People here blame the fallout from the oil industry for their ruined environment, ill health and unemployment.

On the waterfront at Port Harcourt, the city at the heart of the oil industry, we found slums where people live without running water and electricity, and miles from the nearest school or clinic. No wonder many are angry.

One woman told us: "We are suffering. We don't have jobs. They make so much money with oil, but we don't see it."

Shootouts and stolen oil

JTF soldier
The maze of waterways makes policing the delta incredibly difficult
With unemployment at 90%, many people of the Delta are tempted to join the criminal gangs who terrorise the area, kidnapping foreign oil workers and launching raids on oil platforms.

We joined the Joint Task Force, set up to restore order to the area, as they patrolled the streets and waterways - searching cars for weapons used by the gangs and boats for stolen barrels of oil.

"We are very happy, very happy that you are here," said drivers who were forced to stop and open their boots for inspection. The law-abiding citizen is weary after more than a decade of violence.


Maintaining the gangs is funded by the theft of oil on a huge scale - up to 200,000 barrels a day.
The Nigerian delta might be blessed with the world's best quality oil but, for the security forces, it's a nightmare. Half of the delta region is made up of water - thousands of creeks in which the gangs can operate with ease and from where they launched their most daring recent attack - on the Bonga oil platform.

Built by the Shell Oil company more than 100km offshore it was thought to be safely out of their reach. But gunmen sprayed the platform with machine gun fire, forcing it into automatic shutdown - it took weeks for production to be resumed.

RPGs and AK47s

It took us as many weeks to negotiate a meeting with the man who led the attack.

A dawn rendezvous with a boat and a three-hour journey through the creeks brought us to "General Boyloaf" and his boys in training, careering through the water in their high-speed boats and firing their RPGs and AK47s for our benefit.

Why did the general attack the Bonga platform?


"We really wanted to prove that nowhere is untouchable, that is why we visited there. We wanted to make this point because Shell, Chevron, all of them are moving offshore. So we visited them to prove that there is nowhere to hide," he said.

Maintenance of the gangs, their boats and weapons is expensive and is funded by the theft of oil on a huge scale - up to 200,000 barrels a day.

It's called illegal bunkering - the gangs break into and siphon oil out of the pipelines which run close to the shore.

The gangs are well-armed and the Joint Task Force is ill-equipped for the challenge.

They've managed to seize only a few of the barges used to ferry the stolen oil to huge tankers waiting offshore to take it on to the world's refineries. It's a huge and sophisticated operation on an international scale.

'Blood oil'

The Head of Shell in Nigeria, Basil Omiyi, says: "It's a huge concern and a major issue for the government and the state government because of loss of revenue.

"You will recall that the President of Nigeria on two occasions has called it 'blood oil' - similar to 'blood diamonds' - and that it requires international collaboration to resolve it and I think I agree very strongly with that."

When the drop in legal production in the Nigerian Delta helped push the price of oil to new heights last year, the British prime minister offered military aid to the Nigerian Government to tackle the problem.

The officers of the Task Force told us that they want helicopter gunships and new boats and ships. They're unlikely to get what they want.

Human rights groups reacted in horror to the prime minister's offer, pointing out it is often the politicians themselves who arm and use the gangs for their own, political purposes.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45354000/jpg/_45354673_boyloafandmendguys3.jpg


The gangs are often better armed than the force charged with policing them
The offer has now been scaled down - to training help only - but it did have one, dramatic result. In retaliation, Gen Boyloaf called off a temporary ceasefire.

"The message I have for Gordon Brown", he says, "is to tell him that no matter the para-assistance, the amenities they bring from the United Kingdom and elsewhere.... we will make sure we will shoot them down."

For the time being, guns on both sides will continue to exchange fire on the creeks of the Delta and the communities who live at the heart of the oil-producing areas will continue to wonder whatever good the oil wealth has ever done for them.

molue
Jan 11, 2009, 10:26 PM
Someone should tell Yar' Adua to f@#king wake up! If this ***** keep is head buried in the sand and pretend that all is well with Nigeria, the fireball of anger will soon consume him and all the traitors in that country.

The damage, poverty and suffering are REAL, we don't need a BBC doco to tell us, we can feel it in our marrows...Tell baba-go-slow to shape up or ship out.

All these arab claiming to be Nigerians will be dealt with soon, enough of the silence.

Molue (in anger mode)

peterosa
Jan 11, 2009, 11:39 PM
I pray God should come and help us in nigeria especialy delta state of nigeria were they are fighting for their right and been opressed.Nigeria government you are warned let the delta state have their right or nigeria will never selttle.

charles4u
Jan 12, 2009, 12:33 AM
Someone should tell Yar' Adua to f@#king wake up! If this ***** keep is head buried in the sand and pretend that all is well with Nigeria, the fireball of anger will soon consume him and all the traitors in that country.

The damage, poverty and suffering are REAL, we don't need a BBC doco to tell us, we can feel it in our marrows...Tell baba-go-slow to shape up or ship out.

All these arab claiming to be Nigerians will be dealt with soon, enough of the silence.

Molue (in anger mode)

Our leaders/government people ear don block, na only gun fit open am.

U mean say those Biafran worriors be Arabs ?..omo na another level be dis oo.

Make we no waste our time complain or tell the government what to do, they went to university of Toronto and they dont seem to know good from bad, failed to make things good for Nigerians and in Nigeria. so in other words they are not qualified to be there, lets find a way to turn things around instead of complaining about this hopeless bastards we have as leaders.

molue
Jan 12, 2009, 01:13 AM
U mean say those Biafran worriors be Arabs ?..omo na another level be dis oo

No, i meant those arabs/mallams wey dey call themselves nigerians, na for dia sandy desert we go dump dia ashes soon.

things go happen, things dey happen....one day monkey go go market im nor go return.

charles4u
Jan 12, 2009, 01:20 AM
U mean say those Biafran worriors be Arabs ?..omo na another level be dis oo

No, i meant those arabs/mallams wey dey call themselves nigerians, na for dia sandy desert we go dump dia ashes soon.

things go happen, things dey happen....one day monkey go go market im nor go return.

Abeg you fit explain things wey dey happen wey we no no ?

My guy monkey plenti oo and even dem carry too much thin go market, dem fit from there waka oo...no be compulsary make dem come back. So b4 dem even go market, make we tackle dem. (leaders)

me no blame Arabs oo, we get useless leaders/government so what do you expect huh.