Original story: 9/03/16
Gunmen in Nigeria Africa in its southern Niger Delta region kidnapped 14 Nestoil oil workers and their driver. The abduction occurred on a road connecting Omoku and Elele which are about 30 miles from Port Harcourt. The vehicle has been recovered but there is no sign of the employees. Kidnappings have become a regular occurrence in some parts of Nigeria as militants call for more of the oil wealth to go to the impoverished areas. Nestoil has not has not yet commented. Source: Reuters: Nigerian gunmen kidnap 14 local oil workers and driver in southern Rivers state
Update: 9/08/16: Union demands release of 14 workers
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the oil workers. The statement read, “We are therefore, worried about the attack which has made oil workers an endangered specie. We call on the Federal Government to quickly ensure that oil workers returning from the fields are given adequate security.
The recent kidnapping of oil workers will further scare foreign investors that will want to bring in the needed foreign capital and expertise to expand projects in the oil and gas sector.”
“We want the security agencies to intensify efforts to comb the creeks and make sure the kidnapped oil workers are brought back alive to rejoin their families with no ransom paid and the culprits punished.
“NUPENG advises those involved in these dastardly acts to retrace their steps and find something meaningful to do. The union enjoins the Nigeria Government to tackle the economic downturn with vigor so that the current level of unemployment will be drastically reduced.
“The Federal Government owes it a duty to the citizenry to make things work, reflate the economy, repair dilapidated infrastructure and assist small scale business enterprises to thrive in order to get our restive youths engaged.” Source: All Africa: Nigeria: NUPENG demands release of 14 kidnapped oil workers
Update: 9/18/16: Oil workers freed
Nigerian police freed 14 oil workers seized by gunmen. Their release was secured in batches. Five were released on Saturday, seven today, and two released earlier. There was a shootout with the kidnappers but none were killed or arrested. All of the workers were Nigerian. Source: Reuters: Fourteen kidnapped Nigerian oil workers freed – police