Sunday, 4 September 2016

15 Oil-workers Kidnapped

Nestoil staff numbering about 15 and their driver were kidnapped along Omoku/Elele road on Friday.

It was reported that the kidnappers shot in the air and attacked the vehicle they were in AFP gathered.The workers were on their way to their Port-Harcourt office before they were kidnapped are all Nigerians with the oil and gas service firm.

The police are said to be hunting for them. Kidnappings has been in the increase of recent. It had subsided around 2009 when government amnesty reduced unrest in the region although it started in 2000s with the aim of targeting prominent Nigerians and foreigners.

The hostages are usually released after ransom payments.

Last month, two Chinese nationals were seized near  Abuja but were released after 24 hours and  it was not clear if ransom was paid.

A resurgence of violence since the start of the year has seen a wave of devastating attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure that have slashed output and hammered government revenue.

Nigeria which normally gets 70 percent of government revenue from oil, has slipped into a recession, while inflation has surged to 17.1 percent, its highest in more than a decade.


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