Gunmen kidnap expatriates from an oil rig in Niger Delta region

Gunmen kidnapped two foreign workers from an oil rig in Nigeria’s Delta region on Saturday, the military said – the second abduction there in less than a week.

The attackers raided the rig owned by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources at around 8am, the spokesman for the area’s military operations, Major Ibrahim Abubakar, said.

Authorities said the kidnapped expatriates are a Scot and a Canadian.

Troops were searching surrounding swamps, Abubakar said.

‘When we heard about the incident, we mobilized to comb the swamp but to no avail; we couldn’t arrest the perpetrators,’ he added.

Abubakar said efforts have been intensified to rescue and arrest culprits, ‘but we have also advised the management to provide adequate security to their operations’.

Authorities have not released the identities of the victims.

The Niger Delta produces the bulk of Nigeria’s crude. It has been plagued by criminal gangs and by armed groups demanding a greater share of oil revenues.

On Thursday, two Royal Dutch Shell oil workers were kidnapped and their police escorts killed in Rivers State while returning from a trip.

The workers were in Rivers State, returning from an official trip to Bayelsa state, when they were attacked.

A Rivers state police spokesman said that efforts were underway to rescue the workers.

 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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