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ChevronTexaco Worker Kidnapped in Nigeria

A Nigerian working for US oil giant ChevronTexaco has been abducted by ethnic militia in the troubled Niger Delta region, the company said Tuesday. Chevron spokesman Sola Omole said the worker was abducted on Friday on his way to his office in the city of Warri, scene of regular violent ethnic clashes and attacks on oil firms. Omole said that a group known as Egbema National Front, which claims to represent the interests of the restive Ijaw ethnic group, had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. “The major demand of the captors, which were part of a faction of the leadership of the Egbema National Front, was that Chevron should align with it in the on-going communal crisis,” he said. Fresh fighting broke out last week between the Ijaws and their Itsekiri neighbours, threatening a fragile peace process in the Warri area, 300 kilometres (180 miles) east of Lagos. Full Story

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