Group claims it abducted German oil worker

7th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 August 2006, ABUJA - A group calling itself the Movement of the Niger Delta People has claimed responsibility for Thursday's abduction of a German oil service company worker in Port Harcourt. The German was taken in the early hours of Thursday when the abductors forced him and his driver out of his vehicle and took him away in a speedboat. The group said in a statement that it abducted the German because it wanted his employer, Bilfinger Berger, to desist from its "nefarious regime of dubious compensatio

7 August 2006

ABUJA - A group calling itself the Movement of the Niger Delta People has claimed responsibility for Thursday's abduction of a German oil service company worker in Port Harcourt.

The German was taken in the early hours of Thursday when the abductors forced him and his driver out of his vehicle and took him away in a speedboat.

The group said in a statement that it abducted the German because it wanted his employer, Bilfinger Berger, to desist from its "nefarious regime of dubious compensation and miserly provision of infrastructural amenities" to its host communities.

"We are totally unhappy with BB, especially because the company has failed to address the welfare needs of the people. We want an immediate change of this policy and demand more jobs for our youths," the group's spokesman, Preye Amazo, said in the statement.

He added that the German had been taken deep into the creeks of the Niger Delta and that any attempt to rescue him would fail.

"We are aware that as an expatriate, he will require all the courtesies possible. We assure that he has been treated with the utmost respect and has been given all the possible liberties he deserved under the circumstances," Amazo added.

"We emphasize that we are not after ransom money for this action. We only desire that our demands are met with dispatch.

The group also demanded the immediate release of two ethnic Ijaw leaders, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and Mujahideen Asari Dokubo.

Alamieyeseigha is currently facing a 40-count charge of graft for money he allegedly embezzled while he was governor. He was impeached by his state's parliament last December upon his return from the United Kingdom where he was detained for money laundering.

Dokubo is also facing treason charges in court for waging a separatist war on Nigeria in 2004 when he claimed the country lacked legitimacy and had been stealing oil belonging to the Niger Delta people.

Twenty-four hours after the abduction of the German, three Filipinos working for Overseas Trading Services were abducted by militiamen, also in Port Harcourt.

The Filipinos were on their way to work at the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas project in Bonny Island, in the Niger Delta, when they were abducted.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnap of the Filipinos.

DPA

Subject: German news

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