Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu , Biafran leader , had ordered all oil companies to start paying all royalties to Enugu because they were operating in a new country or risk heavy penalties . Shell-BP , which had frozen royalty payments due to the Federation Account on 1 June 1967 and had offered to pay the Biafran government £ 250,000 .
Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people , an ethnic minority in Nigeria whose homeland , Ogoniland , in the Niger Delta has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the 1950s . The Ogoni land suffered extreme environmental damage from decades of indiscriminate petroleum waste dumping .
1960 - Alasa-Eleme
Nigerias first oil refinery near Port Harcourt
1958 - First shipment
First shipment of oil from Nigeria .
1 9 5 6 OIL FOUND AT OLOIBIRI IN THE NIGER DELTA
2006 - Armed Struggle
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta ( MEND ) is one of the largest militant groups in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria . The organization claims to expose exploitation and oppression of the people of the Niger Delta and devastation of the natural environment by public-private partnerships between the Federal Government of Nigeria and corporations involved in the production of oil in the Niger Delta .
Ondo Edo Delta Bayelsa Imo Rivers Abia Akwa-Ibom Cross River
A SPOTLIGHT ON THE NIGER DELTA REGION
Original : Bayelsa , Delta & Rivers States Added by Obasanjo Regime : Abia , Akwa-Ibom , Cross River State , Edo , Imo & Ondo