070403-N-6901L-011 Maradi, Niger (April 3, 2007) - Nigerian soldiers from the 322nd Parachute Regiment line up in formation before participating in target practice facilitated by U.S. Army soldiers during Operation Flintlock 2007. The primary focus of Operation Flintlock is to provide an interactive exchange of military, linguistic and intercultural skills for both nations. U.S. Special Operations Forces depend on the ability to interface with foreign military forces in which this training is meant to enhance. The training will also help Niger to respond to threats within and across their borders to maintain security and stability. This event is part of an ongoing and long standing military-to-military relationship that the U.S. enjoys with Niger, and part of the U.S. State Department's Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Larson. (RELEASED)

Nigeria’s military has vowed to hunt down militants in the Niger Delta after a surge of attacks in the region has led to a sharp fall in oil production, threatening the country’s economy.

Yesterday, the newly formed militant group called Niger Delta Avengers said it had blown up oil wells operated by US energy firm, Chevron, as it fights for the Niger Delta to get a bigger share of Nigeria’s oil wealth.

In a statement, the military said:

“The defence headquarters wishes to emphasize that the Nigerian armed forces will not relent in their efforts to flush out economic saboteurs masquerading under whatever guise to perpetuate evils in the Niger Delta.”

Author: Cerebral Lemon