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AFX News: Nine South Korean hostages released in Nigeria

14 January 2007
 
LAGOS (XFN-ASIA) – Nine South Koreans and one Nigerian taken hostage by armed men in southern Nigeria were released late Friday afternoon, a spokesman for the government of the southern state of Bayelsa said.

“They released all 10 of the hostages. All are in good health. No ransom was paid”, spokesman Welson Ekiyor said.

Ekiyor said the release of the men had been secured by Joshua Benamaisia, a local chief who heads up “a state vigilante outfit” called Bayelsa Volunteers.

He said officials of the company the ex-hostages work for were due to collect them.

The men are employed by Daewoo, and were subcontracted to build a pipeline for Royal Dutch Shell.

They were taken hostage early Wednesday by an armed group that so far remains unidentified.

A further nine foreigners — oil workers or sub-contractors — are still being held in the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria.

Since the start of 2006 a variety of armed groups has intensified attacks on oil-company and government targets in the Niger Delta. Some of the groups have political demands. Others are more interested in collecting ransom money.

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1 Comment on “AFX News: Nine South Korean hostages released in Nigeria”

  1. #1 chibisi
    on Jan 15th, 2007 at 07:38

    How come there was no rasome paid. So, why were they held in the first place?
    We are at the hostage taking stage. It would soon graduate to hostage killing stage.
    Foreign governments should know that the current Nigerian government is eccentric.
    It is dangerous to trust them. It would have made sense if the baits here were the
    Nigerian politicians, both in Abuja and the
    Niger Delta, and not the innocent foreign oil workers who are engaged in legal work

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