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Vol 56 No 22

Published 6th November 2015


The cauldron boils again

High-tension state elections, low oil prices and the end of the amnesty add to brewing troubles in the Niger Delta

Although the threatened rebellion in the Niger Delta against Muhammadu Buhari's victory in March's presidential election didn't materialise, political and economic discontent in the region is mounting. There are fears among local politicians, business people and militant groups that President Buhari's government will cut funding for the region and launch a partisan crackdown on crime and corruption. Security officials concede that kidnapping is a growing problem. A wave of abductions has swept the region over the last few months, including of politicians, bishops, imams and respected journalist Donu Kogbara, who was later released.

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