The booming black market is adding to the extreme environmental and human costs
A new initiative wants to transform locals from an economic prisoners into sustainable entrepreneurs.
A militant group called the Niger Delta Avengers, which has ordered companies to leave Nigeria's oil-rich region, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Niger Delta Avengers are a new militant group that has claimed responsibility for a recent wave of attacks on pipelines in Nigeria's oil-rich south.
Multinational oil giants Shell and Chevron have been forced to stall oil production in Nigeria in recent weeks as the uptick in violent attacks on pipelines puts pressure on the country's finances.
A group known as the Niger Delta Avengers attacked a Chevron facility in an oil-rich region of Nigeria, reviving fears of an insurgency in the area.
The legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa, an activist who fought against the environmental destruction of the Niger Delta, still lives on two decades after he was killed by Nigeria’s military junta.
Oil and natural gas production provides roughly 75 percent of the nation's revenue — but the environmental costs have been high.
The company had initially offered to pay $6,000 in damages from a pair of 2008 oil spills, which lawyers and human rights activists say are a common occurrence in the resource-rich Niger Delta.