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Conflict In The Niger Delta
Ongoing~15,000 militants signed for presidential amnesty programBelligerents Nigerian government Nigerian Armed Forces Niger Delta
Niger Delta
Avengers (2016–present) Niger Delta
Niger Delta
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Abia State
Abia is a state in the south eastern part of Nigeria.[4] The capital is Umuahia
Umuahia
and the major commercial city is Aba. The commercial hub, Aba was formerly a British colonial government outpost in the region. Abia state was created in 1991 from part of Imo State.[5] It is one of the constituent states of the Niger Delta
Niger Delta
region.[4]Contents1 Geography 2 Infrastructure and economy2.1 Oil and gas exploration3 University and colleges 4 Travel 5 History and population 6 Politics 7 Local Government Areas7.1 Traditional rulers8 References 9 External linksGeography[edit] Abia State, which occupies about 7,320 square kilometres, is bounded on the north and northeast by the states of Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi. To the west of Abia is Imo State, to the east and southeast are Cross River State
Cross River State
and Akwa Ibom
Akwa Ibom
State, and to the south is Rivers State
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Ebikabowei Victor-Ben
Ebikabowei "Boyloaf" Victor-Ben (born 1971) is former commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta. Boyloaf remains popular in the Niger Delta and is currently working to help president Goodluck Jonathan get re-elected.[needs update] Boyloaf at one time was one of the highest-ranked commanders in MEND but left the organization after he was granted amnesty in 2009 by president Umaru Musa Yar'Adua. Since being granted amnesty he has not joined any militant group but still hopes that one day the Niger Delta region will become independent.Contents1 Militancy and activism 2 Personal life 3 References 4 External linksMilitancy and activism[edit] Boyloaf joined the newly formed Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta in 2006. Boyloaf soon rose to prominence in the ranks of MEND due to his expert commanding skills and was ranked 3rd highest in the ranks of MEND after Dokubo-Asari and Henry Okah
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Owoye Andrew Azazi
General Owoye Andrew Azazi
Owoye Andrew Azazi
(rtd) (1 February 1952 – 15 December 2012) was a senior Nigerian security officer who served as National Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, was Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of Nigeria, and Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Before his first service chief appointment (COAS), he was General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Kaduna.Contents1 Background & education 2 Career 3 Counterterrorism issues 4 Personal life and death 5 Honors and Military Decorations 6 Lectures and participations 7 Notes 8 External linksBackground & education[edit] Azazi was born at Peretorugbene in present Bayelsa State
Bayelsa State
on 1 February 1952
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Paul Dike
Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike was the Nigerian Air Force's Chief of the Air Staff from 2006 to 2008. In August 2008, he was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff. Prior to his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff, Dike was Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command
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Oluseyi Petinrin
Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin (born 19 January 1955) is a senior Nigerian Air Force officer and former Chief of the Defence Staff. Prior to his appointment and promotion as Chief of Defence Staff, he had held the position of Chief of Air Staff (Nigeria). References[edit]Nigerian Air Force - Chief of the Air Staff - Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin Point Blank News - Air Marshal Oluseyi PetinrinMilitary officesPreceded by P Dike Chief of the Air Staff 2008 – 2010 Succeeded by M D UmarPreceded by P Dike Chief of the Defence Staff 2010 – 2012 Succeeded by Ola Ibrahimv t eChiefs of Defence Staff (CDS) NigeriaAlani Akinrinade (1980–1981) Gibson Jalo (1981–1983) Domkat Bali (1984–1990) Sanni Abacha (1990–1993) Oladipo Diya (1993–1993) Abdulsalami Abubakar (1993–1998) Al-Amin Daggash (1998–1999) Ibrahim Ogohi (1999–2003) Alexander Ogomudia (2003–2006) Martin Luther Agwai (2006–2007) Owoye Andrew Azaz
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Ola Ibrahim
Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim (born 15 June 1955) is a retired[1] Nigerian Navy admiral and former Chief of the Defence Staff of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Educated at Ahmadu Bello University (LLB) and King's College London (MA, War Studies), Ibrahim received his military training at the Nigerian Defence Academy and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.[2] He served as Chief of the Naval Staff from 2010 to 2012, and as Chief of the Defence Staff from 2012 to 2014.[3] References[edit]^ Akanbi, Tunde. "The Glorious Exit of Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim". National Pilot. Retrieved 10 July 2015.  ^ "VICE ADMIRAL OLA SA'AD IBRAHIM CFR DSS LLB (Hons) MA CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF". Nigerian Navy. Retrieved 13 February 2014.  ^ "The exit of Sa'ad Ibrahim as CDS". Nigerian Tribune
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Abayomi Olonisakin
General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin is the current Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff appointed to the position on July 13, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.[2] Early life and education[edit] General Olonisakin who hails from Ekiti State had his elementary and secondary education in Zaria. [3] The second of four children of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Olonishakin, Gen. Olonisakin grew up in the Odo Ijebu Quarters of Ode Ekiti, Gbonyin local government area, Ekiti State, where his parents were active member of the local CMS church.[4] He enrolled at the Nigerian Military School, Zaria in 1973[5] and later joined the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 25th Regular Combatant Course. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Nigerian Army Signal Corps in 1981.[5] Gen. Olonisakin holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife
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Henry Okah
Henry Okah (born 1965, Lagos State, Nigeria) is the assumed Nigerian guerrilla leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND); a title he denies.[1] Overview[edit] MEND has claimed responsibility for attacks on oil companies operating in the Niger Delta, often through the use of sabotage, guerilla warfare or kidnapping of foreign oil workers. The rebels' goal is to destabilize the foreign oil interest in the Niger Delta, who they claim have been exploiting the local populace
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Prisoner Of War
A prisoner of war (POW) is a person, whether combatant or non-combatant, who is held in custody by a belligerent power during or immediately after an armed conflict
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Government Ekpemupolo
Government Ekpemupolo ("Tompolo"[1])(born 1971) is a Nigerian militant commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta.[2] For years Ekpemupolo was a commander in various guerrilla groups in the Niger Delta which were all agitating against the insensitivity of the Federal Government and the international oil companies towards to exploitation and degradation of the Niger Delta. Ekpemupolo's wealth, derived mainly from oil bunkering, played a major role in founding both MEND and also his own fighters. Ekpemupolo embraced amnesty on October 4th 2009, in order to allow for peace in the area, and for the government and oil companies to carry out development projects, and provide jobs and training.[2]Contents1 Early life 2 Activism and militancy 3 Amnesty 4 Arrest warrant 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Government Ekpemupolo was born in 1971 to a royal family Okerenoko in the traditional Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State
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Killed In Action
Killed in action (KIA) is a casualty classification generally used by militaries to describe the deaths of their own combatants at the hands of hostile forces.[1] The United States
United States
Department of Defense, for example, says that those declared KIA need not have fired their weapons but have been killed due to hostile attack. KIAs do not come from incidents such as accidental vehicle crashes and other "non-hostile" events or terrorism. KIA can be applied both to front-line combat troops and to naval, air and support troops. Someone who is killed in action during a particular event is denoted with a † (dagger) beside their name to signify their death in that event or events. Further, KIA denotes one to have been killed in action on the battlefield whereas died of wounds (DOW) relates to someone who survived to reach a medical treatment facility
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Alexander Ogomudia
General Alexander Odeareduo Ogomudia (Rtd) CFR DSS fwc psc(+) MSc FNSE (born 29 December 1949 in Uzere, Isoko South, Delta State) is a retired Nigerian army officer who served as Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff. The Nigerian Army
Nigerian Army
officially described his career as "Lieutenant General Alexander Odeareduo Ogomudia was born on 29 December 1949, at Uzere
Uzere
in Isoko South
Isoko South
Local Government Area in Delta State
Delta State
of Nigeria. After his Primary and Secondary Education he opted to serve in the military. He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) as a cadet on 13 October 1969. At the successful completion of his cadet training, he was commissioned on 11 March 1972 into the Nigerian Army
Nigerian Army
Signal in the rank of Second Lieutenant with effect from 13 October 1969. He is of NDA 7th Regular Course
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Ateke Tom
Ateke Tom is the leader of the Niger Delta
Niger Delta
Vigilante, an ethnic Ijaw militia in the Niger Delta
Niger Delta
region of Nigeria. In August 2007 following days of gun fights between various militia groups and security forces in Port Harcourt, Ateke Tom wrote to the Governor, Celestine Omehia, requesting for amnesty in response to an offer of clemency and rehabilitation the government had offered to militia who surrendered. On 1 October 2009, the 49th anniversary of Nigerian independence and three days before the closing of a government amnesty program, Tom willingly surrendered to President Musa Yaradua at the Government House, Abuja
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Warri Crisis
The Warri Crisis was a series of riots and clashes between the Ijaw and the Itsekiri (and to a lesser extent, Urhobo) ethnic groups centered on the city of Warri in Delta State, Nigeria[1][2][3] between March and May, 1997.[4]Contents1 Background 2 Outbreak of violence 3 References 4 External linksBackground[edit] While the Ijaw and the Itsekiri have lived alongside each other for centuries, for the most part harmoniously,[5][6] the Itsekiri were first to make contact with European traders, as early as the 16th century, and they were more aggressive both in seeking Western education and in using the knowledge acquired to press their commercial advantages. Until the arrival of Sir George Goldie's National Africa Company (later renamed the Royal Niger Company) in 1879, Itsekiri chieftains monopolized trade with Europeans in the Western Niger region
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Odi Massacre
The Odi massacre was an attack carried out on November 20, 1999, by the Nigerian military on the predominantly Ijaw town of Odi in Bayelsa State. The attack came in the context of an ongoing conflict in the Niger Delta over indigenous rights to oil resources and environmental protection. People generally say that the massacre was ordered by the regime of former president Olusegun Obasanjo. The military has often defended its action saying it was ambushed on its way to Odi
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