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Nigeria Nuclear Material Lost

Nigeria has asked the global nuclear agency to help find radioactive material which has disappeared. The head of Nigeria’s nuclear regulatory body says it has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency about the loss in case it has been stolen. An unnamed oil company has reported the loss of two radioactive sources in the southern Niger Delta region. Residents of the oil-producing region have been warned not to touch the material, which may be in “thick steel cylindrical containers with yellowish-black” markings. Health workers have also been urged to keep a look-out for anyone with prolonged nausea or skin burns. The material went missing on 3 December 2002, but a public warning was only made last week. “We have… informed the International Atomic Energy Agency in case somebody stole it and wants to take it outside Nigeria,” Shams Elegba, head of Nigeria’s nuclear regulatory body, told the Associated Press news agency. The material was being used in Nigeria’s oil industry, which is based in the Niger Delta. It was lost while in transit between Warri and Port Harcourt. Full Story

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