News and Analysis: Nigeria
Recently, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission indicted former U.S. Vice Pres. Dick Cheney for a bribery plot involving Halliburton Co. Cheney was the company's CEO at the time of the incident.
On Oct. 4, the Nigerian government formally ended its amnesty program for militants in the Niger Delta. The program had met with limited success and an uneven response from the militant groups. Since 2006, an array of groups--most notably the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta--have waged an "oil war" in the region.
In one of capitalism’s latest crimes against the people of Africa, dealers from Europe and the United States have been discovered dumping toxic waste from computers in countries such as Nigeria and Ghana.
After years seeking justice, victims of Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria may be getting their day in a U.S. court against the oil giant. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood set Feb. 9 as the date for a trial related to Shell’s complicity in the hanging of a number of political activists by Nigeria’s military government.
As oil prices continue their dramatic rise, public interest in oil-producing countries is growing. Nigeria—the world’s sixth largest oil producer—is of particular interest. Nigeria’s 140 million inhabitants make it Africa’s most populous country.