Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Gunmen kidnap four in Nigeria oil region

04 February 2015, 21:26

Yenagoa - Gunmen riding in a speedboat kidnapped four Nigerian oil workers in the crude-producing Niger Delta, the military said Wednesday, as fears rise of growing unrest in the region 10 days before national polls.

The hostages are employees of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NOAC), a subsidiary of the Italian major ENI, said area military spokesman Isa Ado.

There were taken on Tuesday in the Southern Ijaw area of Bayelsa state while they were travelling by boat without a security escort, Ado said.

"We have started a rescue mission to secure their release and also bring the captors to book," he told reporters.

Kidnappings, including attacks targeting foreigners, are common in the region's creeks and swamps, although hostages have typically been released following a ransom payment.

Unrest in the Niger Delta declined dramatically following a 2009 amnesty deal with militants who had caused massive disruptions to crude output in Africa's top producer.

Also read: Gunmen kill four, kidnap six in oil region

The amnesty pact included huge cash payouts to fighters, with 230 billion naira ($1.2 billion, one billion euros) having been paid to some 30,000 rebels, according to the programme's spokesman Daniel Alabrah.

President Goodluck Jonathan, a Niger Delta native who is facing a tough re-election battle in the February 14 vote, is popular among many in the region.

But some militants have threatened renewed violence if Jonathan is defeated by opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari, who hails from the Muslim-majority north.

While there was no indication that the latest kidnapping was linked to the vote, analysts are watching the region closely for signs of agitation, a focus that will be intensified if Jonathan loses to Buhari.

Neither candidate has clearly indicated his plans for the amnesty programme but Alabrah previously told AFP it may be extended because of persistent militant activity around the delta.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...