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The Battle Raging In Nigeria Over Control Of Oil | VICE on HBO, Full Episode

Nigeria may sit atop one of the largest oil reserves in the world, but the majority of the Nigerian people have seen little benefit from the multibillion-dollar industry. The government and global energy companies have been exploiting the resource for years, bringing poverty, pollution, and violence to the Niger Delta. And now the local militias fighting for oil control have made conditions even worse.

Caught in the conflict are Nigerian citizens involved in the illegal oil market simply for survival. Oil theft is rampant, and the booming black market has transnational oil and gas consultants concerned about the effects on global oil markets. The government isn’t too happy about it either.

“All the oil that is sold around here, the government calls illegally refined products,” local oil businessman Don Wizaro told VICE News. And when the Nigerian military raids illegal oil operations, they slash containers, releasing oil into waterways, contaminating what the main source of fishing, agriculture, and drinking water.

As the government continues its assault on illegal refineries and barges carrying stolen oil, local militias are retaliating. And one of the most notorious militias is the Niger Delta Avengers. They attack pipelines and infrastructure, significantly affecting both the environment and the economy.

VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni heads to the heart of Nigeria’s oil production to witness firsthand the fight over the control of oil in the Niger Delta.

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40 thoughts on “The Battle Raging In Nigeria Over Control Of Oil | VICE on HBO, Full Episode

  1. vice will never condemn shell for lifting trillions without providing any infrastructure or social benefits for the local ogoni people! build them roads or install a powerplant to empower the locals. they cant even build any international quality schools, shell would rather pay the criminal politicians bribes to protect their operations by murdering the locals in scores. Shell may have abandoned or sold off many onshore operations however they have now shifted their operations to the offshore petroleum to avoid scrutiny! Tell the truth VICE!

  2. Imagine if the wealth from that oil was shared with the people instead of just inflating the coffers of the capitalists and transnationals. Maybe these people wouldn't be "stealing" the resource which they need just to fucking survive. smgh

  3. Nigeria is a country with a foolish government. Instead of containing the "illegally" refined product, sending them to a proper facility of further refining. they choose to destroy the environment further by contaminating the water ways

  4. Once again government that was intended to work for the benefit of the people turns on them and opposes them. Government never works out, the best we can do as humanity is respect individual rights and natural law and teach it to our youth.

  5. Humans have become a cancer, there are natural alternatives to this shit but unfortunately oil companies and other coorporations have high levels of influence over government and keep these industries alive

  6. how to turn paradise into hell….just add oil..!!! we never see any of this on mainstream media …………..I wonder why ????????? this planet is being raped by a very few global companies ……for what ?? more money ?? when is enough enough ???how many billions or trillions do the Rockafellas Rothschilds Dutch Royals need , they are ruining this planet and planning to ruin more…..they need stopping now !!

  7. yo these oil companies provide training and schooling to these people, they have no idea how to exact oil from the ground. That's the reason why governments employ 3rd parties like shell to employ their citizens. Plus the big companies have well establish clean up programs. Who the hell is going to be responsible to pick up the mess now..?

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