Gunmen and Nigerian Oil

Two news come out today about Oil and gunmen in Nigeria:


Published today on Khaleej Times online: Gunmen kidnap oil company manager in Nigeria, by Reuters.

ABUJA – Gunmen kidnapped a Nigerian manager working for Italian oil company Agip in Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta on Monday, the latest in a spate of abductions in Nigeria’s anarchic oil heartland, police said. The man was on his way to work when six men dressed in military uniforms snatched him, a source working for a security company said. Ransom seekers in the Niger Delta sometimes dress up as soldiers to carry out abductions. Militant attacks on oil facilities and kidnappings of oil workers have multiplied this year in the Niger Delta, which accounts for all of Nigeria’s crude exports, the eighth-biggest in the world … (full text).


Published today on Mail & Guardian online: Gunmen seize Nigerian oil worker, by Dan Udoh, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Six gunmen wearing military fatigues seized a Nigerian staff member of the Italian oil company Agip on Monday in the Nigeria’s southern petroleum region, police said. The assailants grabbed the human resources manager for Agip, a subsidiary of Italian oil giant Eni SpA, as he drove to work, said Rivers state police spokesperson Irejua Barasua. Agip had no immediate official comment …  (full text).

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