Monday, 5 September 2016

Hope on the way for 15 kidnapped oilworkers

15 oil workers from Nest-oil were  kidnapped from their bus on Friday with their driver. According to Punch the police are hopeful that they will soon be rescued.

Police officers are closing in on 15 kidnapped oil workers and are hopeful of rescuing them soon. They are working hard to ensure they are released safe and soon sources reveal. The vehicle carryig the workers have already been recovered.Kidnapping  is  very rampant in the Niger Delta region as victims are made to pay ransoms for their release. 

Militants in the region have escalated attacks on oil and gas pipelines and export terminals since February, sending Nigeria’s crude production crashing  to an almost 30-year low.

The state oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., may be “crippled” if the attacks aren’t stopped, it said in an e-mailed statement on Saturday.

“There’s an urgent need for government and security agencies to refocus as well as engage” with communities in the Niger Delta,” the oil firm said
Meawhile, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, one of the militant groups in the Niger Delta region, on Sunday dismissed reports tagging the group as Urhobo militants, asking the Nigerian military to stop invading Urhobo communities in the guise of searching for its members.

 This is coming after the Nigerian troops under the Exercise Crocodile Smile invaded several Urhobo communities and areas around there, where scores of persons were arrested including a septuagenarian at Akperhe Olomu in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State for being members and sponsors of militant group in the region.

 The militant group has further threatened more attacks on oil facilities saying that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has not summoned the courage to address requests made by themand they have warned staff an d residents to flee the area.


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