165 Shell employees held hostage at oil installations in Nigeria

Aug 02, 2000 02:00 AM

165 employees of Shell are being held hostage at oil installations in south-eastern Nigeria. A spokesman said the incident occurred in the state of Bayelsa when some 35 armed members of local communities took over two separate installations. Harriamn Essa Oyofo, said that they approached the oil rigs by motorboat.
He said they are demanding employment for 10 youths from the catering contractor and for 20 youths with the security services contractor. Fourteen of those being held are thought to be expatriates.
It said Shell is talking with local community leaders, and has asked the governor of Bayelsa state to intervene to ensure the incident ends peacefully. Mr. Oyofo told there was concern about the welfare of the hostages. "We suspect they are running out of food" he said.

Source: BBC via Energy24
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