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Oil-rich Niger Delta 'Under Control' – Army

The Nigerian army claimed on Monday to have gained the upper hand in fighting with ethnic militants in the Niger Delta, a crisis which has paralysed the region’s oil industry. Colonel Onwuamaegbu Chukwuemeka said that a joint army-navy task force had stopped further attacks from ethnic Ijaw gangs on neighbouring communities and oil facilities. “We have sent in more reinforcements. We are completely in charge of the situation,” he said. “The Ijaw youths have now got a clear message that the army will no longer tolerate further killing of its men.” He said that there had been no new attacks overnight and that the confirmed casualty toll from the 11-day conflict remained at six dead soldiers, two navy ratings and five civilians. Full Story

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