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Dec 2, 2010

Nigeria agency says to charge Cheney over Halliburton

LAGOS, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s anti-corruption police
said on Thursday they planned to file charges against former
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in a $180 million bribery case
involving a former unit of oil services firm Halliburton.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on
Tuesday summoned the country chief of Halliburton (HAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and
last week detained 10 Nigerian and expatriate Halliburton staff
for questioning after raiding its Lagos office. [ID:nLDE6AT0RL]

Dec 1, 2010

Key political risks to watch in Nigeria

LAGOS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s presidential race is wide
open with four months to go until polling day, government
spending is on the rise, and the threat of unrest hangs over its
its economic heartland, the oil-producing Niger Delta.

The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which has seen
its candidate comfortably win every leadership contest since the
end of military rule more than decade ago, is divided over its
nominee for the April polls. [ID:nLDE6AL1JI]

Nov 26, 2010

Nigeria court sacks state governor in blow to PDP

LAGOS (Reuters) – A Nigerian court on Friday annulled the election of the governor of the southwestern state of Osun and installed his opposition rival, in the latest blow to the ruling party ahead of national elections next April.

The court ruled that Osun state governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had been wrongly elected in the 2007 polls and installed his rival Rauf Aregbesola of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

Nov 19, 2010

Shell declares force majeure on Nigerian oil

LONDON/LAGOS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s
(RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) Nigerian venture on Friday declared force majeure on
Bonny Light oil exports after a pipeline was damaged, the latest
disruption to supply in Africa’s top exporter.

A Shell spokesman in Nigeria said the force majeure, which
frees the Anglo-Dutch company from contractual deliveries due to
actions beyond its control, took effect from Friday. He gave no
details on any production impact.

Nov 17, 2010

Nigerian military free 19 oil delta hostages -sources

LAGOS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s military rescued 19
hostages including foreigners being held by militants in the
Niger Delta oil region in a land, air and sea operation on
Wednesday, security sources said.

Those freed included two Americans, two Frenchmen, two
Indonesians and a Canadian taken from an Afren (AFRE.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) oil rig,
eight Nigerians abducted from an Exxon Mobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) platform
and four others, two sources involved in the operation said.

Nov 16, 2010

Militants kidnap 7 from Exxon platform off Nigeria

LAGOS, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s main militant group said
on Tuesday it was behind an attack on an Exxon Mobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) oil
platform and it had kidnapped seven Nigerian workers, the second
such raid for which it has claimed responsibility in a week.

The U.S. energy firm said armed men boarded the offshore
facility, operated by its Mobil Producing Nigeria unit in a
joint venture with the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC), late on Sunday but gave no further details.

Nov 16, 2010

Nigeria reports Iran arms seizure to U.N.

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria has reported the seizure of an illegal arms shipment from Iran intercepted by its secret service in Lagos last month to the U.N. Security Council, Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia said on Monday.

Rockets and other explosives, hidden in containers of building materials shipped to Nigeria from Iran, appear to put Tehran in breach of U.N. sanctions imposed over its refusal to halt a sensitive nuclear program, diplomats have said.

Nov 15, 2010

Gunmen kidnap 8 from Exxon oil platform off Nigeria

LAGOS (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked an Exxon Mobil oil platform off the Nigerian coast late on Sunday, kidnapping eight Nigerian crew members in the second such raid in the region in a week.

The U.S. energy firm said armed men boarded the offshore facility, operated by its Mobil Producing Nigeria arm in a joint venture with the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), but initially gave no further details.

Nov 11, 2010

Nigeria says Iran pledges cooperation in arms probe

LAGOS (Reuters) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki flew to Nigeria on Thursday to discuss an arms shipment seized in the West African state last month which diplomats have said could put Tehran in breach of United Nations sanctions.

Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia said his Iranian counterpart had pledged Tehran’s cooperation with investigations into the shipment, intercepted by Nigeria’s secret service two weeks ago and found to contain rockets and other explosives.

Nov 10, 2010

Banks, schools shut as Nigerian unions launch strike

LAGOS, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Some banks, schools and parts of
Nigeria’s public transport system were shut on Wednesday as the
country’s two main unions launched a warning strike to press
demands for an increase to the monthly minimum wage.

Roads in the main commercial city of Lagos and the capital
Abuja were quieter than usual as many workers stayed at home and
there were long queues at some petrol stations as motorists
stocked up on fuel in case the industrial action is prolonged.

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