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Nigeria's oil-rich Delta under militant resurgence

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>> Nigeria, which is Africa's biggest oil exporter, has been hit by a spate of attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region in recent weeks, which has seen production fall to it's lowest level in more than 20 years. My name is Alexis I'm the senior Nigeria correspondent and I'm reporting from Yenegoa, one of the biggest cities in the Niger Delta.
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The sale of crude oil accounts for around 70% of national income, and the vast majority of that oil is produced here in the Niger Delta. However, most of that oil wealth is not passed on to ordinary people, the majority of whom live on far less than $2 a day.
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The Niger Delta is made up of a network of creeks, swampland and waterways. Many of the people here make their money from a local economy that relies on the waterways. So if you look out, you can see the boats and the fuel station which show that people here thrive on the movement of goods, the movement of people, and fishing, but a quick look at the riverbank shows the effective use of neglect in an area that's might in poverty.
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A complaint from people here, who make the living from the waterways is that the increase tension in the area and the high cost of living has lead to militants, young disaffective men, hanging out in the creek and attacking them they're responsible for kidnapping and some murders as well.
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Now a group that says it's been responsible for the most recent attacks, a group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers, says that what it wants for the people in Niger Delta to have a greater share of the country's oil wealth.