Friday, 19 November 2010
ria: Oil workers freed
The recently kidnapped ExxonMobil workers have been released together with six Afren workers, abducted about three weeks ago, and five Shell members of staff taken hostage about two months ago.
Niger Delta People Volunteer Force general, Nico Sinte, said that Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) was not, in fact, responsible for the kidnappings, which he attributed to sea pirates, despite contrary claims by MEND.
Sinte said the pirates have their camps along the waterways in Oron axis of Akwa Ibom state and the only way to curtail their unlawful activities was for the military to work with repentant militant groups who know the creeks and their hideouts.
Briefing the press in Uyo, shortly after a meeting with the Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio, Labour leaders praised the government as well as the security agencies for rising to the occasion.
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