30-Day Extension Of Ceasefire In Nigeria
Nigeria's armed group fighting for a greater share of oil wealth has decided to extend a two-month-old ceasefire in the Niger Delta by 30 days but warned that the government needs to give answers fast to keep the peace. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), with an estimated 10,000-strong force, has been behind deadly attacks on oil installations in Nigeria that have disrupted production. The rebels have also been fighting to drive the army out of certain areas of the Niger Delta and allow displaced people to return to their homes. Numerous attacks by Mend on installations in the Niger Delta in recent years have seriously disrupted the Nigerian oil and gas industry.