US planning to deploy troops in Nigerian oil producing region

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at
Mon Jul 7 02:09:48 MDT 2003

Below is a report by Lagos based paper This Day about US plans to deploy
troops in Nigeria's oil rich Niger delta. Plans like this show what is
really behind 'humanitarian interventions' like the one planned in Liberia:
Gain direct contol of the region's mineral resources.


'Don't Allow Foreign Security Deployment in Niger Delta'
>From Okon Bassey in Port Harcourt

The Federal Government has been warned of the danger of allowing foreign
security to mount security at Oil Installations in the Niger Delta region of

The caution, according to the Nigerian Institute of Industrial Security
(NIIS) came on the heels of the plan by the United States to deploy its
troops to safe-guard Oil Platform in the Oil Producing Communities in the

THISDAY checks revealed that insecurity in the region has been advanced as
the major motivating factor for the proposed deployment of the American
troops in the area, which is presently pending the Federal Government of
Nigeria green light.

But the Council of the Nigerian Institute of Industrial Security in a
protest letter with ref. No. NIIS/NA/261/03 and dated June 30, 2003 to
President Olusegun Obasanjo staunchly opposed to the plot saying such
gesture will spell disastrous consequences for the nation¡s security.

The letter signed by the Director General of NIIS, Dr. M.O. Ollorwi copied
the Senate President, Speakers of the House of Representatives and State
Assembly admonished that the American Government cannot be responsible for
the day-to-day protection of oil installations in the Niger Delta or else in

Condemning in totality the widespread violence in the Niger Delta in
particular and Nigeria in general, the Institute argued that the
responsibility for the protection of lives and property lies with the
federal government of Nigeria, whose primary purpose is the "Security and
Welfare of the people"

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