In a recent move to restore order, the Nigerian army arrested several alleged suspects believed to be members of a militant group called the “Niger Delta Avengers” (NDA), reports suggests that this group is behind recent attacks on oil pipelines in the south which has brought total oil output from 2.2 million to 1.65 million toady.
This act of the NDA group is said to have disrupted the country’s oil production massively.
US oil giant Chevron shut down an offshore platform this month after an attack claimed by the Avengers group.
Many militants joined an amnesty programme in 2009 after an insurgency in the oil-rich delta region.
Nigeria has long been Africa’s largest oil producer, but its economy is currently faltering and could face severe difficulties if the recent drop in global oil prices and its output which is now behind that of Angola.