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US citizen may be among Nigeria hostages: embassy

Posted by By Tom Ashby on 2006/08/15 | Views: 949 |

US citizen may be among Nigeria hostages: embassy


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.

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 been abducted in a separate incident in the same city, but no further details were immediately available.

"We are receiving reports that one American citizen was among the oil workers kidnapped. We are monitoring the situation closely," an embassy spokesman said.

The British High Commission in Nigeria said two Britons were among the hostages. Irish public broadcaster RTE reported that Brian Fogarty, an Irish citizen, was also abducted, while the German Foreign Ministry said one of its nationals was taken.

"The signals say the kidnappers are hoodlums," said a spokeswoman for Rivers State police.

It was the fifth kidnapping of oil workers in Africa's top oil producer this month, and follows a wave of militant attacks against the oil industry which have cut Nigerian production by a quarter since February.

About ten foreign oil workers are still in captivity, after five were set free in two separate releases on Monday.

Militancy is fueled by widespread feelings of injustice in the Niger Delta region where most people live in poverty despite the wealth being pumped from their ancestral lands.

Many abductions are motivated principally by ransom, but some recent incidents have taken on a more political tone, with demands reflecting a growing ethnic nationalism among the Ijaw tribe, which is native to the Niger Delta.

Criminal gangs, sometimes involved in the large-scale theft of crude oil from pipelines, also regularly indulge in kidnapping and extortion, and it is often difficult to distinguish between the two

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Okfold(Sobe, Edo, Nigeria)says...

I want the meaning of female owan name Ekeke (Edo state)

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Toluwalase Samuel Olufemi(Ijebu, Ogun, Nigeria)says...

Authority belongs to God, once He decrees it is final and binding

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