Nigeria has warned about further violence in the oil-rich south

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Nigeria was warned Tuesday that violence could resume in the southern oil producer, exacerbating the strain on resources already stretched by Boko Haram in the north, and reduced gross income.

The International Crisis Group said that the root causes of the insurgency in the Niger Delta remain strategic “largely neglected” and action was needed to keep the fragile peace.

“Violence in the Niger Delta could soon increase unless the Nigerian government acts quickly and decisively to address the long-simmering grievances,” he said in a new report.

Central to the uncertainty in the region is the amnesty program $ 500mA year Government for former militants who attacked the infrastructure of the oil and gas industry in the creeks in the 2000s.

On top of the penalty in 2009, some 1000 people were killed each year while targeting pipelines and facilities, including abductions of expatriate workers, saw crude production halved.

The program, which provides scholarships and monthly training to tens of thousands of former rebels, has been running for six years and ends in December, but there have been calls for it to continue.

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