German abductee 'as well as can be expected'

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10 August 2006, MANNHEIM, GERMANY - A German surveyor seized in Nigeria a week ago is "as well as can be expected," his employer said Thursday after making contact with the kidnappers. "Everything is being done to bring the matter to a positive conclusion," said Herbert Bodner, board chairman of the Mannheim-based construction group Bilfinger Berger. Bodner said intermediaries had made contact several times with the abductors of the surveyor, who is employed by the German firm's oil and gas services subsid

10 August 2006

MANNHEIM, GERMANY - A German surveyor seized in Nigeria a week ago is "as well as can be expected," his employer said Thursday after making contact with the kidnappers.

"Everything is being done to bring the matter to a positive conclusion," said Herbert Bodner, board chairman of the Mannheim-based construction group Bilfinger Berger.

Bodner said intermediaries had made contact several times with the abductors of the surveyor, who is employed by the German firm's oil and gas services subsidiary.

The man was seized on August 3 by a group of armed men near the city of Port Harcourt in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.

A group calling itself the Movement of the Niger Delta People claimed it abducted the German to press for the release of Ethnic Ijaw separatist leader Mujahideen Asari Dokubo.

The group on Thursday issued a statement purportedly from the surveyor in which he identified himself as Guido Schiffart, 62, and said he was being well-treated but wanted to go home.

"So far, I have been treated well by my captors. They have provided me with mosquito nets because the mosquitoes in this place are much.

"They have also provided me with medicines and even brought me packet of my favourite cigarette ... I am alive and well, but I want to go home," read the message, which was accompanied by a photograph.

The kidnappers are also demanding the release of another detained rebel chieftain, more jobs for young people as well as improvements to the infrastructure of the Niger Delta.

Dokubo, who is facing treason charges for waging a separatist war on Nigeria, has denied having anything to do with the German's kidnapping.

There has been a spate of abductions of oil workers in the impoverished Niger Delta this month by groups seeking a greater share of oil revenues for the region's population.

DPA

Subject: German news, German abducted in Niger Delta, kidnappings in Nigeria

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