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Vol 44 No 12

Published 13th June 2003


Leaky and unlucky

Revelations by Royal Dutch/Shell that thefts of crude oil from its operations in the Niger Delta could amount to as much as 100,000 barrels a day have been followed by threats of a tougher security response both from the Nigerian and the United States government which increased military aid to President Olusegun Obasanjo's government after 1999. Other oil companies such as the USA's ChevronTexaco and France's Total are also hit by organised thefts which account for more than five per cent of Nigerian production.

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