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Monday, 26 August 2013

Gunmen Abduct 5 Workers In Bayelsa

The waves of kidnapping swept across Bayelsa State on weekend as unknown gunmen abducted five workers at Opuama, Southern Ijaw local government area of the state.
The gunmen who operated on a speedboat reportedly seized their victims in the early hours of Friday and took them to an unknown place.
The victims were identified as workers of Beks Nigeria Limited and M. Sidom Limited.
It was gathered that the companies were engaged by the Niger Delta Development Commission to carry out shore protection and reclamation at Opuama waterways.
The abductors have asked the companies to pay N6m ransom on each of the victims.
But a security source only identified three of the victims.
He gave their names as Anukuru Godwin, Samuel Edeh and Jackson Ibani.
The development, it was learnt, forced the companies to temporarily vacate the dredging sites.
The kidnappers were said to have established contacts with the companies.
The source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter said the gunmen had yet to state their terms.
He said: “The kidnappers created panic in the area. They have contacted the companies but are yet to state their terms. We are monitoring the situation.”
It was also gathered that a speedboat conveying workers of Shell Petroleum Development Company came under attack at Bonny Island, Rivers State, over the weekend.
The workers were said to have been attacked at Cawthorne Channel while on their way to carry out repairs on SPDC facilities. -

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