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The New York Times: Nigeria: Britons Advised to Leave Oil Delta

By REUTERS
Published: June 9, 2007

Britain advised all its citizens to leave three states in Nigeria’s southern Niger Delta, Africa’s top oil-producing region, where violence against foreigners has become commonplace. Kidnappings and armed robberies have risen in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States, home to the bulk of Nigerian oil output and the local base of Royal Dutch Shell, the Foreign Office said. “We therefore advise British nationals to leave,” it said on its Web site. “If you stay, you do so at your own risk.”

Since January 2006, more than 180 foreigners have been abducted in the Delta, including 31 Britons, it added. Most have been released unharmed, often after the payment of a ransom.

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