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Gunmen abduct five oil workers in Rivers

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Unknown gunmen have abducted five oil workers in Akuku-Toru Council of Rivers State.

The Guardian gathered that the victims were working within the OML-55 operational area of an indigenous oil company, Belemaoil Producing Limited (BPL), when the bandits struck and whisked them away.

It was learnt that the oil workers are personnel of Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and contractors of Belemaoil, BGP, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

Chairman of Kula Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers, King Kroma Eleki, has blamed the kidnap on moves by a multinational oil company to collude with some persons in Kula to undermine the security of the area and forcefully resume oil operations in Kula territory.

According to him, the Kula Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers strongly condemns the act.

The monarch described the incident as inimical to the development of the area, stressing that it could cause social disorder.

He called for immediate and unconditional release of the oil workers and for improved security along Kula waterways.

Secretary of the Kula Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers, King Bourdillon Ekine, wondered why such criminal act would be targeted at the Seismic Operation of Belemaoil that has meaningfully engaged and employed over 5,000 youths since the operation began last year.

When contacted, the spokesman of the state’s police command, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the kidnap, but said that details were still sketchy.

He said: “The incident did not actually happen within the state’s territory; it took place on the high seas. It is first the responsibility of the navy before the police.

Kula is an isolated riverine community that shares boundary with Bayelsa State.


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