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Suspected Youths Kidnap Expatriates in Delta

Some militant youths in Delta State were yesterday alleged to have kidnapped three expatriate workers of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) after invading its Seabulk Cygnet II tugboat. The expatriates were said to be working on Shell’s “Forcados-Yokri project,” which is being handled by Seabulk Limited. At an emergency press briefing in Warri yesterday, Shell’s Emergency Response Commander, Juan De Radigues said the firm was reliably informed on Wednesday that the expatriates were being held in the area. Radigues, accompanied by Shell’s officials, said the youths have demanded N25 million and an additional N400,000 “for feeding” before the hostages would be released. But Shell yesterday said it would not pay the ransom and that it had taken their case to the Delta State Governor James Ibori, as well as other “appropriate government agencies.” Full Story

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