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Old 21st Jan 2007, 15:33
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Phone Wind
 
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The february 2007 issue of National Geographic has an interesting, well-written and pretty accurate account of what's happening in the Niger Delta (Curse of the Black Gold, Hope and Betrayal in the Niger Delta).

Meanwhile 6 Filipinos and one Nigerian were taken hostage from a cargo ship near Chanomi creek, close to Warri. The ship is operated by German company Baco Line. This brings the number of expatriate hostages currently (January 21) being held, to 9.

The Nigerian Navy's response to this today has been to start mobilising ships for a 4 day exercise which they'll conduct off Bonny Island. They'll also have Nigerian Navy A109s and possibly the NAF Mi-35Ps of 97 SOG from Port Harcourt NAF Base. Considering the success the militants have had against the military conventional forces so far, it will be interesting to see if the same number of ships finish the exercise as start it . Last year the Nigerian Navy arrested 8 of its officers over the disappearance of a ship the MT African Pride which was in the custody of the Nigerian Navy in Lagos after being impounded for suspected bunkering operations
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