Latest oil workers Stories

2006-08-15 16:14:04

By Austin Ekeinde PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two Norwegian and two Ukrainian oil workers being held hostage in Nigeria were freed on Tuesday as the government promised to crack down on a surge in unrest in Africa's largest oil producer. About 16 foreign oil workers have been kidnapped in five separate abductions in the past two weeks in the oil-producing Niger Delta. Nine have been released. "We are going to be firm and say no to violence and hostage-taking. Wherever we find...

2006-08-15 04:45:51

By Tom Ashby ABUJA (Reuters) - The United States embassy in Nigeria said on Tuesday that it had received reports that an American citizen was among oil workers kidnapped in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt. At least five foreign workers -- two Britons, a German, an Irish and Polish -- were snatched by armed men from the Goodfellas nightclub shortly before midnight on Sunday, but authorities still do not have a full list of those abducted. Diplomats said the American may have...

2006-02-28 08:48:00

By Pascal Fletcher ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's authorities have approached Western governments about providing defense equipment to help protect its oil-producing delta region from attack by militants, diplomats said on Tuesday. But Western partners would like Nigeria to do more first to reduce corruption and improve government in the southern Niger Delta, where ethnic militants have recently stepped up attacks on oil installations and kidnappings of oil workers. Nigeria is the...

2006-02-18 15:33:08

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States called for the unconditional release of three American oil workers abducted in Nigeria on Saturday and said it was working with Nigeria's government to try to secure their freedom. Militants seeking more local control over the vast oil wealth of the Niger Delta region stormed an offshore barge operated by U.S. oil services company Willbros Group Inc. in predawn attacks and abducted nine workers -- three Americans, one Briton, two Thais, two...

2006-01-23 05:12:47

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants holding four foreign hostages disassociated themselves on Monday from "bounty hunters" talking with the government on their behalf, and said the four oil workers would not be released. Government officials had on Sunday raised hopes of a release soon after receiving a recent photograph of the hostages at a meeting with a person they believed was a credible go-between with the militants.

2006-01-16 21:27:33

By Tom Ashby LAGOS (Reuters) - Four foreign oil workers kidnapped by militants in Nigeria spoke to Reuters by telephone on their sixth day in captivity on Monday, reading out their captors' demands and warning against attempted rescue. The kidnappers have staged a series of attacks on oil pipelines, platforms and workers over the past three weeks, denting supply from the world's eighth largest exporter and driving up world prices. The four hostages -- an American, a Briton, a...

2005-09-29 11:30:11

By Segun James WARRI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian troops freed two British oil workers on Thursday less than 24 hours after they were kidnapped for ransom in the southern Niger Delta, a military commander said. Brigadier-General Elias Zamani, head of the military task force in the restive wetlands region, said the pair were freed without a fight. Two of the kidnappers had been arrested during an exchange of fire on Wednesday night and had indicated where the hostages were being...

2005-09-29 08:00:00

By Segun James WARRI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two oil workers, one Briton and the other from Ireland, were kidnapped in Nigeria's southern delta on Wednesday night, but the military said they hoped to free them later on Thursday. Brigadier-General Elias Zamani, head of the military task force in the restive wetlands region, said two of the kidnappers were already in his custody and troops had set off in a boat to free the hostages. "Two expatriates, a Briton and an Irish, were kidnapped in Warri....

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