Tag Archives: Niger Delta

The Kaduna Declaration and IPOB: Igbos in the middle

On May 30th 2017, the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Biafra from the former Eastern Region, neo Biafran groups IPOB and a faction of MASSOB ordered their supporters to sit at home for what they termed … Continue reading

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How to Create an Insurgency: The Southern Camerouns Anglophone Crisis

There is a penchant for governments in general and African governments in particular, to convert relatively easily resolved political grievances into intractable insurgencies. It would appear that the Camerounian Government has enjoyed the Boko Haram insurgency so much that it … Continue reading

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Avengers Assemble: Renewed Conflict in the Niger Delta

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have in a short space of time wrought havoc on the Nigerian oil industry with a series of well targeted and executed attacks that have reduced Nigeria’s production from 2.2m barrels per day to 1.4m … Continue reading

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When at break of day at a riverside: Niger Delta Militancy in 2016

Recent attacks in the Niger Delta would indicate that security will once more become a national and international strategic issue. Timeline of events: 14th January: The Federal High Court, Lagos issued an arrest warrant for Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) a … Continue reading

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28 January Gunmen attacked a 24 inch Agip Manifold carrying gas and crude oil in KPONGBOKIRI, BRASS LGA, BAYELSA State with small arms and explosives causing a large oil spill, leading to a drop in production of 16,000 barrels according … Continue reading

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BIAFRA: Counter Revolutionary/ Counter Insurgency Strategies

This series has looked at the operational and strategic lessons of the Nigerian Civil War, the reasons behind Biafra’s successes and defeat and how a present day violent revolutionary secessionist effort would proceed. Following on from the conclusion of the … Continue reading

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BIAFRA- Strategic Military Lessons from the Nigerian Civil War (1)

Until the Boko Haram Insurgency, Nigeria’s longest and bloodiest conflict was the Nigerian Civil War. As Nigeria’s only conventional war against another state and the most serious internal security crisis it is pertinent to examine this conflict, the strategic and … Continue reading

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