Police, Army launch manhunt for Niger Delta militants who kidnapped 5 oil workers

Posted by News Express | 21 January 2018 | 1,570 times

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Men of the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Army have launched a manhunt for suspected Niger Delta militants who kidnapped five oil workers in Delta State on Wednesday.

Delta State Police Public Relations Office Andrew Aniamaka disclosed this on Saturday while confirming the abduction in an interview with Channels Television.

He explained that the hoodlums seized the workers who were on a boat while on their way to an offshore location near Ajoki, a border community between Delta and neighboring Edo State.

“We got a report from Sahara Energy that five of their staff were kidnapped by the waterside there in Koko.

“The victims were presumably returning from Ajoki, Edo State where they had gone to work when they were kidnapped by the hoodlums,” he said.

Aniamaka also informed reporters that there were reports that the kidnappers have contacted their victims’ families, requesting for ransom.

He, however, said the police were already collaborating with other security agencies in the state to apprehend them and rescue the kidnapped oil workers.

“There are also reports that the kidnappers are already demanding for ransom but whether it is true or not, the police in collaboration with the military will ensure the release of the victims.

“Let me assure the public that plans are on to ensure that the victims are rescued. The public is also advised to help the police with any information that will lead to the freedom of the abducted victims,” the Command spokesman added.

Source: News Express

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