Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Big guns, big oil collide in Nigeria

These militants say they are fighting to get Nigerians their fair share of oil profits.

Splashing across the murky waters of southern Nigeria in a speedboat, I suddenly found myself in one of the scariest positions of my journalistic career: masked militants firing machine guns at me and my crew.

We hit the deck, shouting, "We are press! We are press!" Eventually, the bullets stopped flying and the gunmen approached our boat, demanding to know who we were.

As I stared down the barrels of some very big guns, being held by angry young men, I began to have doubts about our trip here.

The waters are so dangerous in these parts that the Nigerian navy doesn't even dare patrol the region. In a word, it's a no-go zone for outsiders.

"How many times do you people come here with your cameras and nothing is done? We don't want you guys to come here again," one of the gunmen shouted.

But we weren't about to leave so easily.

Click here to read the rest of Jeff's story
Posted By Jeff Koinange, CNN Africa Correspondent: 11:56 AM ET
Thank God that you are safe and did not get injured... DANGEROUS VERY DANGEROUS!
Posted By Anonymous Joanna Parker, Millsboro: DE : 12:05 PM ET
let them do what they want.
Posted By Anonymous reptakon, Boston MA : 12:12 PM ET
And yet another example of how force seems to be used in order to get their wrod accross. I mean really there is no excuse for their is terrorism and they should be dealt as such...negotiating with them would be like saying your opinion and ways matter to us, and we might as well pat Al Qaeda on the back too!
Posted By Anonymous chris williamsburg, va : 12:35 PM ET
Jeff, you and your crew are very brave to put your lives at risk bring such stories out of Africa. Please, please keep your head down and be careful! Your work is important, but not at the expense of your lives!
Posted By Anonymous Deb, Richmond VA : 12:38 PM ET
They are holding 24 Filipinos as hostages. Why do they get from doing so? Those Filipinos are doing nothing but trying to work and earn for their families back home.

They should release them immediately without any conditions.

Cowards! They can't even remove their masks! Show your faces!
Posted By Anonymous Ruben Makabayan, New York, NY : 12:43 PM ET
Oil corporations are having shameful record profits that even make Wall Street blush, if you can imagine that, by robbing poor countries of their natural resources. Commonly known as good business strategies in the corporate world.
Posted By Anonymous Mark in Akron, Ohio : 12:48 PM ET
Jeff, that must have been frightening. Thank you for bringing this story to us. It is so important for us to see what is going on in the world; the good and the bad. Great story... please stay safe.
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 1:05 PM ET
I do not believe that MEND is a terrorist organisation but people seeking to be heard from a world denied of living, No food, Water, employment, housing, medical etc that are basic to life. People should not conclude but see the other side because the government is becoming even more dangerous than al-Qaeda it self with billions of dollars stolen, political intimidations by Obasanjo and noiw he is trying to use MEND as an excuse to continue his greedy journey to stay in office. The world must listen now to this young lives in the Niger Delta region, Eu and USA must act now against a government that is so much corrupt.
Posted By Anonymous Loz, Norfolk VA : 1:14 PM ET
Jeff: Reading your report had me fascinated and at the edge of my seat! It sounds like the MEND is the "Hezbollah" of Niger (but without the staged interviews of course). It must be frustrating to see those hostages and not be able to help them. It's nice to know that past hostages have been let go unharmed. Why is it that I'm having a hard time determining who the bad and who the good guys are in this story? Looking forward to tonight's report and glad you are safe.
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 1:28 PM ET
Noted the Filipinos in the photo. We have 'contractors' around the world who are bringing in foreign nationals to do jobs that could be done by local labor. Iraq of course is one. I see this as 'fuel' for militants around the world.
I see this as a negative to bringing future stability in countries that are being torn apart by 'warring' factions. In Iraq they can come in without security clearance. What have you seen?
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 1:30 PM ET
I sincerely hope this brings some oil industry corruption out into the open.Nothing else does.Too many people have been subjugated,exploited,otherwise victimized,or worse..killed because of the oil industry...not to mention other huge corporations that are following the oil industries example.
Sadly.most will focus on the criminal actions of the rebels,and ignore the travesties of justice that instigated it all....
big corporations are untouchable ....and there is not much even these Nigerian rebels will be able to do about it besides get themselves labeled as terrorists.
Posted By Anonymous Shannon,Boston,Ma : 1:35 PM ET
I look forward to seeing this story tonight. I'm glad you and your crew took such great risk to cover this very tragic situation.
Posted By Anonymous Melissa, Dallas, Texas : 1:44 PM ET
Such strife and conflict is why the UFOs/aliens leave Planet Earth in such a hurry!! (See the other UFO blog here.) They (aliens) quickly figure out how screwed up we humans are and say: "Sheesh! What a wasted journey and waste of time!! See 'ya!!!"
Posted By Anonymous Mark, Sacramento, CA : 1:44 PM ET
I have read your report on the oil crisis in the Niger Delta but you didn't investigate from the Niger Deltans who not miliant the impact of oil production in their area, the polution of the the ecosystem by the western oil companies , corruption by Nigeria government and the involvement of western Oil companies in Nigeria oil corruption. The oil crisis in Nigeria delta is more than what you just reported and i expect you to go back and do better job than what you did. This is just scratch on the real issue about the Niger Delta oil crisis , the corrupt by Western oil companies and their Nigeria government collaborators, to deny the Niger Delta the right of existence, onwer of resources and control of its resource as being practised everywhere in the world.
Posted By Anonymous Emmanuel Chukwudi, Ann Arbor, MI : 1:51 PM ET
Violence should never be condoned. it is important to note however, that these individuals have been ignored and abandoned by the Federal Government for a long time. A large portion of the nation's wealth comes from this area, there is no reason for the people to live in such desolate conditions.The Delta region also produced Ken Saro-Wiwa who tried to lead a seccesion based on the treatment of his people. It is important for people to first listen to their concerns before rushing to judgement. Their approach though highly inappropriate shows the level of despair in the communities. Pray that they release these prisoners to avoid the wrath of the international community and in turn a continuation of their problems.
Posted By Anonymous Dan, Manhattan Kansas : 2:03 PM ET
I'm really glad this is FINALLY making news here in the states! MEND has been carefully and systematically trying to get the worlds attention without much bloodshed but nobody is doing anything. They are NOW trying to warn the world about the injustice going on behind the scenes in Nigeria but again no one is paying attention... The ignorance is so bad that some Americans are starting to call MEND terrorist? Gimme a break! The people are suffering yet BILLIONS of dollars are being pumped off their land. This reminds me of the concept of Slavery all over again. If you call the leader of MEND a terrorist then its safe to call the great Late Martin Luther King a terrorist too. What MEND is doing now can be said to be peaceful because all they do is kidnap and release for Money to feed their people just like modern Robin Hoods. Sooner or later this might escalate into a full civil unrest if the corrupt leaders in Nigeria and the profit addicted Oil companies do not take heed to the warnings. They really need to start investing in the land/people that they pump their precious sweet crude from by boycotting the corrupt leaders, provide employment and useful commerce for the locals.
Posted By Anonymous Adewale, Miami, FL : 2:29 PM ET
Before I continue, I want to let everyone know that I am Nigerian, I was born and raised in Nigeria, I am not from the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, and that I support the actions of MEND with all my heart. Every human being with any sense of justice should support MEND.

I sincerely hope that the actions of MEND would embolden all other Nigerians to stand up and fight all these thieves and their Western supporters who under the disguise of being leaders have been robbing the people of Nigeria.

There comes a time when even the most timid victim of oppression and injustice turns around and fights. I hope this is the beginning of the Nigerian revolution, it is long overdue.

If you think what MEND is doing is terrorism, how would you describe the actions of the so called leaders of Nigeria who continue to enrich themselves while people are dying everyday.

Do you know how many Nigerians will die today from curable diseases? Do you know how many Nigerians will die today from accidents on roads that are sometimes described as death traps? ....

The battle that MEND is fighting is a Nigerian battle, it is not just a Niger Delta battle. If anything at all I admire them. They have decided to stand up and fight for what is rightfully theirs.

I remember the words of Wole Soyinka: "the man dies in the man that keeps silent in the face of tyranny". It is time for Nigerians to resurrect themselves, MEND is a good beginning.
Posted By Anonymous Augie, Sunnyvale CA : 2:34 PM ET
In a country where civil rights leaders are executed and assassinated, to finally have a group ready to take the fight to the corrupt and dysfunctional government is (sadly) a welcomed relief. I pray that the lord help the MEND people accomplish their task without shedding blood but if that's what it takes to get freedom for the people then may God be with them! Sometimes good people have to go to WAR to get an injustice righted. I think people here is the US can understand that more than anybody else. Unfortunately, in this case the Nigerian government and the oil companies are the terrorist so MEND is stepping up in defense of those that can not feed or cloth themselves not to talk of standing up to those that rape their lands.
Posted By Anonymous Prince, Tampa, FL : 2:39 PM ET
I commend you for your outstanding coverage of the problems within Africa. You are a significant voice for the afflicted and your message is being heard throughout the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Jeff! You are very gifted in relaying these intense and tragic stories that need to be heard, so don't take too many chances. Your voice can make a difference for the African people. You are needed and apreciated! Stay safe and God bless.
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 3:00 PM ET
What an experience Mr. Koinange had at the hands of Nigerian militants. On the one hand, I hate to see people being captured and held as hostages with their lives being used as pawns in a problem that is bigger than all of them. On the other hand, you have to ask yourself the question, why is Africa short changed. These people are expelling the oil, selling it to very rich nations, and they are receiving nothing in return. That kind of double cross is enough to drive people to insanity and make them do these horrible things.

I don't understand why Africa always has to be short changed. If the Africans are selling the oil they should reap the benefits. That is what we have done with Kuwait and other Middle Eastern countries.

I am a believer of helping the people of the African continent, but when I see such negative treatment of Africans when they are trying their best to take care of themselves, it makes we wonder . . . are we really true in our committment to making Africa a more self-sufficient continent. Do we really care about what happens in Africa, or are we more comfortable with raping Africa of its immense national resources.

I believe our consistant disrespect of this region breeds and feeds militants who carry machine guns and will kill anyone who gets in their way. Nigerian Delta inhabitants are tired of being taken for a ride. Now they are holding hostage innocent people, disrepecting them the same way they have been disrespected.

I pray for this set of hostages, I hope that they don't eventually pay with their lives. Americans and other western policy makers need to wake up when it comes to Africa and do the right thing, before our greed and arrogance creates another foreign enemy fraught with terrorists ready to do what ever necessary to get their way.
Posted By Anonymous Summer Williams, Madeliene Bolden : 3:28 PM ET
Jeff... At first I wanted to ask "Are you NUTS?" But, I think you knew you were safe going in there, because you know what MEND stands for... Thank you for bringing this to our attention... I hope and pray it does some good, but MEND is up against some very very powerful and rich human (I use that term very loosly) beings... A Miracle is in order... Let's pray for one!
Posted By Anonymous Sherry, Sarasota, Fl : 3:50 PM ET
Interesting article and very timely (see National Geographic's article here:
People who liken these exploits to Al Qaeda are completely off-base. Undoubtedly, the Filipinos are innocent in this case, but the government of Nigeria is the target. Having lived in Africa for an extended period, the level of hopelessness, the inability to have your voice heard and the flagrant rape of resources, rights and people is outrageous. Here, the offense lies with the Nigerian Government who would continue its pillaging unhindered otherwise. Do any of you people who think MEND is solely responsible have a better solution?
Posted By Anonymous Paul, Toronto, ON, Canada : 3:51 PM ET
First, we are ALL glad that nobody from your team was injured or attacked, and returned safely to report on the situation in oil-rich delta.

However, I strongly agree with the position of MEND. How long will we as a world community neglect to accept that these occurences are the result of over-globalization. How can you criminalize their actions. True, abuducting innocent foreign workers is not democratic or moral, nonetheless MEND has achieved a partial victory.

Nigeria has a strong legacy of corruption and these fustrated young men are a direct product of this over-globalization. Please remember that these men are not individuals who refuse to work and are uneducated, they're are tired of oppression and the "There Is No Alternative" (TINA) Stratergy. Please, Wke UP!!! This is not going to end until we as a world community address these issues. I implore all of you to read these two words and reflect on the Mend organization......"Manifest Destiny".
Posted By Anonymous Sule, Cleveland, OH : 3:52 PM ET
The irony of it all - poor communities wielding deadly weapons supplied by Western markets to attack Western interest!! And their window to getting this entire bru-ha-haa to the world: CNN. As soon as I can adapt this plot into a children's storyline, I will tell it to my kids a million times over.
Posted By Anonymous Charles Okuh, Athens GA : 4:01 PM ET
It's not fair for the oil companies to rape a country of it's oil and not leave anything, that like raping a prostitute without leaving any money. the Oil companies should please work with the Nigerian Government and help cater for these people. Kidnappinfs shouldn't happen to get the worlds attention. this is absolutely wrong.
Posted By Anonymous Tobie, Atlanta GA : 4:05 PM ET
hello !
you know i am not surprise by what is going on in nigeria but let me asking you one question Jeff or Anderson ! who give them thosebig guns ? i am very sure that it is not the government but those oil company who wants to explore the oil form there and wants security to be able to do it.
that oil doesnt benefit by the population from nigeria but from the USA or europe .so please dont blame us the african but blame those who give them guns and money the oil company.yes in some case african we are responsible for some wrong doing but you too American you are responsible too!!!
but i will watching to night.
Olga In from Montr�al
Posted By Anonymous Olga Inakamana Montr�al Qu�bec : 4:07 PM ET
Coupla guys with guys! Jeff- what breathless reporting!
Posted By Anonymous david new orleans, LA : 4:31 PM ET
its sadly ironic that relatively small problems like this (within the Nigerian people) can find it way up to a blown up American Sky-Scrapper. People (Americans) are ignoring MEND right now because they are not affecting us directly but we fail to see the small links that exist between the suffering people in the Delta, the Nigerian Government, the (American) Oil companies and finally the American people in general. Small links now...Major terror targets tomorrow! Wake up people and stop this before we have ourselves an African bread 9-11 style attack in our hands in the future.
Posted By Anonymous Wale, Tampa, FL : 4:46 PM ET
Yikes, Jeff, quite a confrontation. Please be careful. Those men sound frustrated and crazed. They seem to be ready for a fight. Time to get the heck out of there.
Posted By Anonymous Kathy Chicago,Il : 4:48 PM ET

Sigh. The lopsided economics of the world's oil companies have itself fueled terrorism. The trickle down theory of prosperity from large oil profits continues to be a lie.

Keep safe Jeff. We will be watching for your report tonight.
Posted By Anonymous Sharon D., Indianapolis, IN : 5:28 PM ET
Thank you to bring the other side of the story. I remembered my law professor said that African countries need to invest in infrastructure and education to make them into a world power. Sadly, most of them use a gun to prop up a government.
Our company need to work with the people in the area to make a better life for them, not just the corrupt government officials.
Posted By Anonymous A.S., Houston, tx : 5:55 PM ET
Sounds like MEND is doing what the Nigerian government refused to do, take care of its people by giving them a share in the profits from natural resources. Maybe you should be asking the Nigerian government why it believes in hurting its people instead of helping them just so it can make its own profits off of the oil industry.

Oh wait, you would need to ask our own government officials that same question. At least in Nigeria the people have guts enough to take action against injustice to their own countrymen. In America we just roll over and pretend it's all ok as people have to decide between food and fuel. It's not big oil we should be holding accountable. It's our own government that allows big oil to exist as is while our politicians line their own pockets. When will we wake up?
Posted By Anonymous TA Cheramie, Berwick, LA : 6:33 PM ET
Once again, I will start by saying that I am Nigerian, I was born and raised in Nigeria, and I wholeheartedly support what MEND is doing in the Niger Delta.

The members of MEND are not your typical terrorists, their goal is not to kill or hurt anyone. This is not the first time they have taken hostages, but how many times have they killed any of the hostages?

Do you think CNN will go into an insurgents' den in Iraq to do a story?

Nigeria used to be a country where a lot of people from all over the world go to do business without any fear. It used to be a very safe country until despair and desperation turned otherwise law abiding citizens into robbers, conmen, and now terrorists. I think that I speak for a lot of Nigerians like myself when I say that my goal was to get an education and then go back home when I left the country many years ago. Now, must of us are afraid of going back home just to visit our families....

As former US presidential candidate Michael Dukakis said, "the fish wags from the head". If you want to solve the problems of countries like Nigeria, the rules of international morality has got to include the treatment of corrupt country leaders as thieves, that is what they are. If we can monitor the finances of terrorist organizations, why can't we monitor those of leaders pillaging their country's resources?
Posted By Anonymous Augie, Sunnyvale CA : 6:56 PM ET
If you look you see the philipinos sitting down and those Nigerians with guns but are not harming them. However,It is not actually about the oil companies and their profits!!It is about AMERICA AND IT'S SISTERS AND BROTHERS Stealing from Africa!!!
Posted By Anonymous emma,boston, ma : 8:40 PM ET
Except by accident, the MEND warriors have exercised the highest form of restraint in their mission by not hurting hostages and unarmed non-combattants. What they seem to be saying to the world is "Enough is Enough". Their communities are the worst impoverished in the world, yet Oil corporations declare record-breaking profits year-in year-out. These profits are from activities that have held the people of the Niger Delta hostages and have continued to etch them in a grid of poverty trap. The world must come together, listen to the MEND message and rescue the Niger Delta people from the evil clutches poverty.
Posted By Anonymous Hosiah Emmanuel, Singapore, Singapore : 9:46 PM ET
I wonder, this morning the Defense Dept. created the NEW African Command. Would this be a reason why, besides Somalia?
Posted By Anonymous Pete McD. Jamaica, New York : 10:51 PM ET
God bless Jomo!
For his courage to do something about the situation in Niger Delta. It may not seem like not a peaceful way but what are they supposed to do when their own gov't with the help of their friends in the Big oil companies,leave them with nothing, while drilling their oil! $200 million a day Nigeria makes, and the people on the Delta region where all that oil came from are the poorest ever? And some of us will Never forget how Ken Sarowiwa was court martialled and killed by Sani "Satan" Abacha,(the then president) just because he suggested that the oil companies are responsible for the damage to the enviroment in the area.
And to you my brother Jeff,
I applaud you for bringing out this story but I'm dissapointed that there are people who already are looking at them as Terrorists without looking deep inside. To Abasanjo they are, but anybody else with common sense know they are not, they're cause is so just,they should have a share in oil profits!
Kazi njema Jeff.
Posted By Anonymous Subira Pontiac MI : 11:51 PM ET
Jeff, thanks for bringing this story to our western viewers' home. Much have been said by other commentators on this medium about this story from the Niger Delta.I felt the need to introduce another dimension to your story.
The ecosystem of the Niger-Delta has been completely destroyed. There has been more oil spillages in the Niger- Delta than the oil spillage on the coast of Alaska.Exxon-Mobil was ordered to pay several billion dollars to bring the Alaskan ecosystem back. In the Niger-Delta, nothing was paid and the Nigerian government does not have the liver to ask for any compensation from the oil companies.
God Bless MEND for their courage and confrontation with the Nigerian Army.And please, do not loose your focus with all the media exposure.
Posted By Anonymous Annoy,Louisville,Kentucky : 12:51 AM ET
I do not honestly think MEND should be labelled terrorists.If you have been to the Niger Delta, I think you might begin to understand that since 1963 when oil was first discovered there, the people have just been plainly exploited and their environment completely degraded.I cannot in all honesty recall oil having impacted positively on any aspect of life in the Niger Delta.And for those that may not know, Ken Saro Wiwa, a Niger Deltan, did try the peaceful approach with this, and what happened to him? He was hanged along with nine other innocent people on trumped-up charges by the Nigerian state.
And what are they asking for? That each Niger Delta States get 50% of the oil revenue.Surely,that is fair.Hmm, I wonder what percentage of the oil revenue from Texas goes to Washington.
So militants, yes, but terrorists, no.
Posted By Anonymous O'Donoghue, Belfast UK : 11:22 AM ET
I admire you for your bravery.Those men sound very nervous and I saw one of them aimed camera with big machine gun when other was interviewing with jeff! What kind of Robin Hood they are?
Unfortunately , terrorism and supporting of terrorism is growing in countries who export oil .I think U.S. should stop this before changing another country to terrorist s` heaven.
Posted By Anonymous Idin , Iran : 1:40 PM ET
Thank you Jeff for bringing this issue to the world.
The members of MEND are the brave patriots of Nigeria, and I support their actions totally. Corruption by the so called leaders in Nigeria (with the support of the big Oil companies of course!) has been going on for far too long. There are millions of angry, frustrated, and, highly educated Nigerians that have been forced to leave the country for the west because of the shameful culture of corruption by recycled old thieves we call leaders. All Nigerians in Diaspora should and would support MEND to the fullest to take our God given resources back. I just wish MEND would take this fight directly to the leaders rather than kidnap the poor workers.

To the MEND warriors: I say GOD'S SPEED!!! AMEN!!!
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