””””LAGOS, May 1 (Xinhuanet) -- The Nigerian navy has rescues some oilworkers held hostage
at the US-owned Chevron/Texaco in Nigeria's southern state of Delta, the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Thursday.
””””According to the report, the navy has arrested 17 Ijaw armed youths who
allegedly held hostage and released the workers who were employees of the oil
platforms namely, North-Agoi, Pennington4 and Funiwa, all working for
””””Striking workers held 97 British, US and European hostages on four drilling
rigs operating in oilfields offshore Nigeria's southern state of Delta. However
the exact number of hostages rescued is not available yet.
””””A naval official was quoted as saying that one of their old warships was
used for the rescue, which involved a journey of seven hours from their base in
oil-rich Warri to the hostage rigs.
””””They said the rescue was easier than expected because the youths were not
””””One of the freed workers who pleaded anonymity told reporters that the
youths were demanding certain payment from the firms.
””””The official said initially, both captors and captives were eating the food
provided by the youths until it was exhausted, before the arrival of the naval
””””This believed to be the first hostage-taking case reported in the Nigerian
oil sector this year after the rampant cases recordedin the past two years.
””””Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa or the world's sixth largest
oil exporter, with an Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) quota
of more than two million barrels per day. Enditem