Nigerian military accused of 1,000 civilian killings

18May09

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According to the BBC:

The military in Nigeria has been accused of killing 1,000 civilians during an upsurge in operations against militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

‘They…bombard entire communities from the air, sea and land,’ said the Ijaw National Congress which represents the region’s largest ethnic group.

A Nigerian military spokesman dismissed the allegations as unfounded. The army has freed 17 hostages, mostly foreigners, held by militants fighting for a greater share of oil revenues.

But the military action has ‘resulted in over a thousand deaths, because we dared to ask for our rights,’ said Victor Burubo, spokesman for the Ijaw National Congress. He called on the United Nations to intervene in a BBC interview.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) declared ‘all-out war’ on the Nigerian government after an attack on one of its camps deep in the swamp lands on Friday.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populated country with nearly 150 million people. Independent since 1960, the country is experiencing its longest period of civilian (versus military) government in its history after the adoption of a new constitution in 1999. The April 2007 elections marked the country’s first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power in government. The country’s natural resources include  natural gas, petroleum, tin, iron ore, coal, limestone, niobium, lead, zinc, and arable land. The government is currently grappling with how to address issues of corruption and mismanagement in the petroleum-based economy.

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One Response to “Nigerian military accused of 1,000 civilian killings”

  1. 1 ruben eberlein

    Niger Delta Revolts: Kick it Like Professor Utuama

    Countless conferences, seminars and workshops have been devoted in Nigeria over the last three decades in order to find a lasting resolution for the unrest in the oil-producing Niger Delta in the south of the West African country. Now an astonishing straightforward solution has been offered by the Delta State Deputy Governor: Football will do it, he says.

    http://rubeneberlein.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/niger-delta-revolts-utuama/



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