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Shell Worker Kidnapped for N4m Ransom

Posted by on 11/2/2002 5:39:25 AM | Views: 219 |

Shell Worker Kidnapped for N4m Ransom

Shell Petroleum Develop-ment Company (SPDC) yesterday announced the kidnap of its staff by armed youths from Amukpe village, in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.

A spokesman for the company said the female staff was kidnaped at a meeting between the company's community relations officials and the community, demanding N4 million ransom.

But the spokesman said Shell was not ready to negotiate with the community under any form of duress.

Meanwhile, two people were killed in a fresh outbreak of fire on one of the major petroleum products pipelines of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The pipeline fire incident was said to have occurred since last weekend on the main Suleja-Minna oil-products pipeline near the Abuja.

NNPC officials said the fire was still raging as at yesterday. It is the second of such incident within two months.

NNPC General Manager, Group Public Affiars, Mr Ndu Ughamadu who confirmed the incident, told THISDAY yesterday that the victims were believed to be among those that had gone to vandalise the facility.

"The incident occured at Suleja at the weekend with two suspected vandals reported dead at the scene while they were scooping products from the vandalised points which sparked off the fire that burnt the area," he said.

He said that the fire was expected to put out today.

THISDAY learnt further that the father of one of the dead had been arrested. The NNPC spokesman however, said the arrest followed the threat from the man to burnt down the Suleja depot to protest the death of his son.

The Suleja fuel depot serves Abuja, the Federa Capital Territory.

"The father is also noted for vandalising pipelines. He had hurriedly buried his son and was heard vowing to burn down depot, so he was arrested yesterday," Ughamadu said.

In September, fire engulfed a major refined products pipeline in Ogun state after vandals punctured it to siphon fuel, killing at least 20 people.

In October 1998 more than 1,000 villagers were burned to death in a pipeline fire in Jesse in Delta state, while another such fire killed more than 60 people in November 2000, in the Takway Bay near Lagos.

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