. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UN Team in Nigeria

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria () -- A UN fact-finding team traveled into Nigeria's volatile Ogoniland on Tuesday with military officials saying they had nothing to hide over the execution of nine Ogoni minority rights activists.

The four-man team, which is investigating human rights and progress toward democracy in Africa's most populous nation, left for the oil-rich province after urging people there to talk freely, saying all statements would be held in confidence.

Lieutenant Colonel Dauda Komo, military governor of Rivers State, of which Ogoniland is a part, told the team at a meeting Monday that no restrictions would be imposed on its activities.