n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Victims of oil conflict in Africa : a case study of the Niger delta in Nigeria

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Growing social, environmental, economic and political impacts of oil production remain critical in explaining the structure of conflict in many oil producing countries of Africa. Although it may be incorrect to assume that all oil producing countries in Africa are prone to violent conflict, the presence of oil resource has by no small measure shaped social and economic practices and policies that have in turn fuelled tension among key actors in the oil industry. The victims of oil related conflicts are the oil-bearing communities who suffer double tragedies as a result of various impacts of the oil industry. What is of importance to understand is the nature of oil conflict in Africa and the outcomes of such conflict. This research looks at the victims of oil conflict in the Niger Delta of Nigeria in relation to the resource curse thesis and questions if justice is possible for oil victims of the region.

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