Posted on May 01, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two foreign workers and one Nigerian national were kidnapped from an oil rig in Nigeria’s Delta region in the morning of April the 27th.
The harrowing incident marks the 2nd such abduction to occur within the space of a week.
The gunmen, numbering 12 in total, attacked the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Rig in Ogbele on Saturday morning at approximately 8 am, in the process successfully kidnapping three employees that had been working on the rig.
The three individuals have been identified as British, Canadian & Nigerian nationals.
"We have sent troops to the area, but we have not been able to locate the abductors and abductees," said Ibrahim Abubakar, a spokesman for the Niger Delta Military in a statement to the press.
According to initial reports, there have been no calls for ransom for the unfortunate workers.
In the meantime, troops have been sent to the surrounding swamps in an effort to try and locate the base of operations of the dozen gunmen that attacked the oil rig.
This latest kidnapping is the 2nd one to occur in the space of a week. A few days ago, two Shell Petroleum Development Company workers were abducted and their police escorts were killed, in a ruthless attack in Nigeria’s Rivers state.