Today in Nigerian History: 20th July



On this day in 2002, a huge fire broke out at ChevronTexaco’s main oil terminal, days after unarmed village women ended a 10-day siege that crippled the oil giant’s local operations.

The blaze at the multimillion-dollar Escravos terminal in southeastern Nigeria was ignited by a bolt of lightning during an early morning storm, the company said in a statement.

The lightning set fire to a storage tank containing about 180,000 barrels of crude oil, the company said. About 80,000 barrels were pumped out of the burning tank.
Also on this day in 2002, dozens of villagers were killed, many hacked to death, in three days of clashes between rival political factions battling for influence in an oil-rich area of the Niger Delta.


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