Shifting Trends in Oil Theft in the Niger Delta.
1 Mar 2007
Crude oil theft in the Niger Delta has shown an obvious and sustained decline in the last year. This fact alone would seem good news but there is much more to the story of oil theft in the Niger Delta. There has been a shift from the emphasis on militia assisted oil theft to ’official’ oil theft. With the approaching elections in Nigeria militia in the Niger Delta have become much more militant and have effectively closed down between 25 percent and, at its worst, 35 percent of Nigeria’s daily production of crude oil.