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Militants abduct 5 oil workers in Niger Delta

Suspected militants have abducted five oil workers in Nigeria’s restive Niger Delta region, an area regularly hit by militant attacks and abductions.

The militants seized the workers on Wednesday near the Ajoki community, which borders Edo and Delta States, said Delta State police spokesperson, Andrew Aniamaka.

“The police in partnership with the military are working to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt with the perpetrators arrested and brought to book,” Aniamaka said.

The workers are employees of Sahara Energy Oil Company, a Nigerian energy firm. “They were in a boat en route to an offshore location when the gunmen arrived”, said local resident Ajugu Fidelis, who witnessed the abduction.

“(They) stormed the waterside and ordered the workers into their boat amidst sporadic gunshots and sped off to an unknown location.”

The incident happened a few hours after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a rebel group known to attack oil pipelines, issued a statement warning the government it was ending a 2017 ceasefire agreement.

The NDA’s targeting of oil and gas infrastructure in 2016 led to a slump in output that helped tip Nigeria into recession.

Kidnapping has long been a problem in Nigeria’s southern states where high-profile individuals, including the families of prominent politicians, are regularly seized.

But as the economy stalled in recent years, the abductions have begun to happen further north as well. On Tuesday, two Americans and two Canadians were kidnapped by unidentified armed men in an ambush in northern Kaduna state.

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  1. Eclat De Bullet 20th January 2018 at 7:21 am

    Militant you people should not release them Or you better start killing them this time because those that come to work are the broblem now and not those that send them.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 20th January 2018 at 7:34 am

    @Bullet, you’re wrong. The only enemy in this territory of the natives are fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria and their criminal war mercenaries nickname military, police, herdsmen etc, collaborators etc. which must be erased in the ongoing Bloody Political War to end fulani Political Control over this territory of the natives. Workers in oil industry etc. can only be victims of circumstance, not enemy.

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