Nigerian General Removed from Niger Delta Command
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Amid Nigeria's violence, one key player has left his job. Brigadier General Elias Zamani was in charge of fighting warlords and oil thieves in the swamps.
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
We met the general on this program last year. His troops had settled a dispute over oil money by burning a village. The general called it a successful mission.
Brigadier General ELIAS ZAMANI (Former Commander, Joint Task Force, Niger Delta): Our troops had to defend themselves and the deployment was successful.
INSKEEP: Much of the village of Odioma was burned.
Brig. Gen. ZAMANI: That's true. That's true.
INSKEEP: How did that happen?
Brig. Gen. ZAMANI: Uh, you see, a lot of oil was stored in drums inside these houses.
INSKEEP: General Zamani said that during the shooting, the oil drums and countless homes caught fire by accident.
MONTAGNE: Now, in this latest crisis, the general has been removed from his command. The general faced criticism for his tactics in battling armed groups though a military spokesman told the BBC that the general's transfer was routine.