Niger Delta leaders ask Buhari to withdraw army from oil producing communities

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ABUJA Nov 1 (Reuters) – The Nigerian army needs to withdraw from oil producing communities in the restive Niger Delta to help curb militancy in the oil hub, a local leader said on Tuesday.

“We presented a 16 point request to the president (Muhammadu Buhari) which includes the withdrawal of the military in oil producing communities in the region,” King Alfred Diete-Spiff, a Niger Delta leader, said after meeting Buhari in Abuja.

“We don’t want the communities militarised.” (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Mark Potter


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