Oil Thieves of the Niger Delta

Nigeria may lose $8 billion a year to oil theft, but in the Niger Delta, stealing crude is a shadow industry
“It’s not OK for us to be doing this, we know, but the government is not looking after us at all,” says Daniel Sekibo (pictured). “There were no jobs here, so what do we do?” Photograph by George Osodi for Bloomberg Businessweek

As night falls on a recent evening in the mazelike creeks of the Niger Delta, several oil thieves plunge into the dense, green mangroves along the Nun River.

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