Bathing Our Bodies in Soot: The Crippling Health of the Niger Delta by Elizabeth Zheng

05 November, 2022

In the summer heat, the burning of oil in crude refineries prompts black snow to fall from the sky. This refinement emits carbon particles that have bathed the Niger Delta in soot, leaving its 30 million residents trapped in crises of poverty, sickness, crime, and environmental collapse. Doors and windows remain closed, face masks are worn everywhere, and all are cautious of leaving their houses as the air quality deteriorates in Nigeria. Miles out and into the coast, oil leaks from old underground pipelines have made their way into the water, leaving many citizens to struggle without their traditional livelihoods of fishing and farming. This becomes immediately evident in images of fishermen wading through the bones of mangroves and trees, blackened by layers of oil; and in stories of young men, desperate to make money by kidnapping oil workers and holding them hostage for ransom.

Nigerian Court Orders Government To Return Seperatist Leader, Nnamdi Kanu To Kenya, Awards N500m Damages

27 October, 2022

The Federal High Court presided by Justice Evelyn Anyadike has ordered the Federal Government to “restore Nnamdi Kanu to his status quo before 19th June 2021”.

In Wednesday’s ruling on fundamental human rights and extraordinary rendition of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), she also ordered the government to pay N500m as damages to him.

MOSOP Insist on Saro-Wiwa's Exoneration to Resolve Ogoni Issue

25 October, 2022
Ahead of the 27th memorial of the barbbaric murder of nine Ogoni civil rights activists on November 10, 1995 including Ken Saro-Wiwa, John Kpuinen, Baribor Bera, Saturday Doobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levura, Felix Nuate and Barinem Kiobel, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called on the Nigerian government to accelerate the process of resolving the Ogoni crises by exonerating the nine and fully accepting the Ogoni proposals for the operation of the Ogoni Development Authority as recommended by the MOSOP Central Committee. MOSOP said the seriousness accorded the Ogoni demands will determine the response of the Ogoni people on oil resumption in the area noting that the lives of the Ogoni people were more important than oil.

Flooding in Nigeria Kill at Least 80

12 October, 2022

Seventy-six people have died as their boat capsized while they tried to flee dangerously high floodwaters that have inundated swathes of southern Nigeria.

Fighting resumes in Ethiopia despite truce – Tigray forces

24 August, 2022

The fighting marks the end of a ceasefire observed since March and could worsen the humanitarian crisis in the northern Tigray region.

Nigeria: Shell Confirm Fresh Oil Spill in Ogoni

16 August, 2022

The Shell Petroleum Development Company has discharged five barrels of crude oil from its Trans Niger Pipeline into Bodo community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, following an operational failure.

This was contained in a report of a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) signed by the host community, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, SPDC, and the Rivers State Ministry of Environment.

Nigeria: MOSOP Expand Ogoni Development Campaign

15 August, 2022
Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has taken its campaign for Ogoni development to states. Addressing a congress of Ogoni people in Bayelsa State, Nigeria on Sunday (August 14, 2022), President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke said MOSOP was determined and committed to pursue and achieve sustainable development for the Ogoni people through the implementation of an Ogoni Development Authority. The MOSOP leader called on the Nigerian authorities to adopt its proposals for development in Ogoni as an acceptable path to resolve all disputes with the government and the oil industry.

French troops leave Mali, ending nine-year deployment

16 August, 2022

France announced withdrawal in February as relations with Bamako frayed in wake of military coups in 2020 and 2021.

France has said its final troops have left Mali, completing a withdrawal that ends a nine-year operation in the country at the centre of the Sahel region’s spiralling security crisis.

Ruto wins Kenya’s presidential election

16 August, 2022

Mr Ruto defeated his main challenger, Raila Odinga, and two other candidates in the Kenyan presidential election.

Kenya’s incumbent Vice President, William Ruto, has been declared the winner of the just concluded presidential election in the East African country.