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Six workers kidnapped, one sailor killed in attack on Nigeria oil vessel

Six workers kidnapped, one sailor killed in attack on Nigeria oil vessel

Six foreign oil workers were kidnapped and a Nigerian sailor was killed when dynamite-wielding militants attacked an oil vessel early Tuesday, a navy spokesman said.
The region's main militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, claimed responsibility in an e-mail.
Captain Obiora Medani said the sailor was a guard aboard the Chevron Corp. ship, which was attacked off Bayelsa state, in the oil-rich south of the West African country. Medani said the vessel, named FPSO Oloibiri, is stationed offshore to store crude oil.
A Nigerian spokesman for California-based Chevron said the company had shut down an oil station that supplies the ship because of the attack, decreasing production by 15,000 barrels a day.
Chevron's Tope Idowu said four Italians, one American and one Croatian were abducted. Idowu said the American worked for Chevron in Nigeria while the rest were employees of a subsidiary, Chevron Shipping Co.
The attackers had not made any demands to the company, he added.
The claim of responsibility came from an e-mail address used by MEND and said the attack was to demonstrate the group's continued strength to both the departing Nigerian government and the incoming administration following recent elections.
"We will continue with our struggle for justice until we achieve all our goals without exception," the group said.
The group promised to released the hostages on May 30 as long as there was no attempt to free them - such as offering a ransom. MEND has repeatedly demanded the release of two imprisoned leaders charged with treason and corruption and greater control over the region's oil wealth.
Oil prices edged higher Tuesday after word of the kidnapping surfaced, but then retreated.
In a separate incident, gunmen released the mother of a prominent Nigerian politician, nearly a day after she was kidnapped from her home, police said.
Police Commissioner Felix Ogbaudu said the mother of the newly elected governor of Rivers state, Celestine Omeiha, was in good health and had been reunited with her son. It was not clear who her kidnappers were, and they had not made any demands, Ogbadu said.
No further details were immediately available.


Updated : 2021-03-08 07:07 GMT+08:00