Nigeria’s oil war: Who are the Niger Delta militants?


The Nigerian military is believed to have arrested 13 alleged members of militant groups in the densely-populated Niger Delta days after the army expressed concern over fears that militants are regrouping in the region years after they were granted amnesty for laying down arms.

The troops raided the Kula Community in the Rivers State over allegations of widespread militant activities including kidnappings and killings. Niger Delta is an oil-rich region in southern Nigeria inhabited by more than 31 million people. It is composed of nine modern-day Nigerian states and has been marred by widespread violence, kidnappings for ransom and clashes between militant groups and the army since the early 2000s. In 2008, a Joint Task Force (JTF) was deployed to curb militant activity in the area.

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