Seven soldiers were killed on Tuesday when Islamic State-affiliated jihadists attacked a military position in northeastern Nigeria, AFP reports quoting two military sources. Fighters in several trucks fitted with machine guns attacked a military position in Mainok village, 56 kilometres (35 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, they said on Wednesday. “We lost seven men in the attack by the terrorists. Two soldiers went missing and five soldiers were injured,” the first source said.

Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary SPDC declared force majeure on Bonny Light crude oil exports effective from 20 January, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The spokesman said the decision came after the shutdown of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) and declaration of a force majeure by the pipeline’s operator, Aiteo. The NCTL is one of two major pipelines carrying Bonny Light crude to the export terminal.

NLNG has signed a deal with French energy group Total for 1.5 million tonnes of LNG per year, the producer said on Wednesday. The agreement is for 10 years, with volumes to be supplied to Total from trains 1, 2 and 3 of the Nigeria LNG plant at Bonny. The deal is in line with Nigeria LNG’s “drive to continue to deliver LNG globally in the consolidation of its position as one of the top-ranking LNG suppliers in the world”, the company said in a statement. Nigeria LNG has been remarketing some volumes from its existing trains as some contracts approach expiry. The company’s contracts with Turkey’s Botas, Portugal’s Galp Energia, Spain’s Naturgy and Total for a total of 2.67 million tonnes a year will expire in 2020 and 2021, according to the International Group of LNG Importers (GIIGNL).

Nigeria will lift a ban on mining in Zamfara state by the end of March after the government deployed a surveillance team to stifle illegal activity in the northwestern region, the minister of mines and steel development said. The government suspended operations in April on concerns that illegal mining was connected to a surge in banditry in the state that was the worst hit by a wave of violence that killed dozens of people and displaced thousands. “The ban is about to be lifted because a lot of genuine investors who want to come (to invest) into Zamfara state,” minister Olamilekan Adegbite told journalists during a visit to London, adding this would happen “within the first quarter”.