MEND extends hand to Nigerian gov't

ABUJA, Nigeria, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said it was ready to thwart oil sabotage in the region if the government listens to its position.

MEND announces new Nigerian campaign

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 16 (UPI) -- Muslims aren't safe from the latest campaign in Nigeria, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said.

Rebel group vows revenge for attacks on Christians

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, April 15 (UPI) -- A rebel group in southern Nigeria says it will avenge the killings of Christians in northern Nigeria by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

Nigerian sentenced to jail for bombings

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 27 (UPI) -- A South African court sentenced Nigerian national Henry Okah to 24 years in prison for masterminding bombings in the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Warri.

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S. Africa convicts man in Nigeria bombings

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The alleged leader of a Nigerian rebel group was convicted Monday in a South African court of involvement in bombings that killed 12 people, officials said.

Nigerian oil bandit guilty of terrorism

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A South African court ruled Monday that Nigerian oil bandit leader Henry Okah was guilty of terrorism for his role in a deadly 2010 bombing in Abuja.

MEND blamed for with Nigerian oil attack

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Attacks on Nigerian oil production will be used to drive energy companies from the Niger Delta, a militant group said.

Nigerian rebel warns of 'utter chaos'

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A jailed insurgent leader has warned that fighting in the Niger Delta, center of the largest oil industry in sub-Saharan Africa, will soon escalate.

MEND threats prompt warnings in Nigeria

LONDON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- London updated it travel advisory for Nigeria after the Movement for the Emancipation for the Niger Delta issued new threats of an attack.

MEND leader Okah's brother arrested

ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The younger brother of Nigerian rebel leader Henry Okah was arrested in Lagos by Nigerian authorities investigating a deadly Oct. 1 bombing, officials said.

Nigerian ex-rebel leader denies bomb role

ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The exiled leader of a Nigerian rebel group denies any complicity in two deadly bomb attacks in Abuja last week as he awaited charges Sunday.

Rebels claim Lagos tanker facility attack

LAGOS, Nigeria, July 13 (UPI) -- The leading rebel group in Nigeria has claimed responsibility for an attack on an oil tanker facility near the commercial hub of Lagos.

Photos of kidnapped oil workers released

LAGOS, Nigeria, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Two British oil company workers being held by Nigerian rebels in the country's Niger Delta region appear to be in good health, a British newspaper says.
Analysis: Nigeria trial raises questions

Analysis: Nigeria trial raises questions

One of Nigeria's most notorious militant leaders from the oil-rich Niger Delta is being tried in a closed-door proceeding on gun and treason charges.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Nigerian separatists face treason charge

ABUJA, Nigeria, March 7 (UPI) -- Nigerian prosecutors have charged two leaders of a separatist movement in the Niger Delta with treason.

Nigerian group calls for U.S. mediation

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A Nigerian group opposing government abuses said it sent an open letter to U.S. President Bush asking him to find a solution to the conflict.

Analysis: Nigeria wants militant back

The Nigerian government has called for Angola to return a militant leader captured last month and detained on weapons-trafficking charges so he can face trial, Nigerian news sources reported Wednesday.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Analysis: Nigerian rebels end cease-fire

Nigeria’s leading militant group threatened to resume attacks on foreign and domestic oil and gas operations following a four-month cease-fire intended to allow the new president to make good on vows to reform the petroleum sector and root out corruption.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent