Kidnappers seize 2 marine workers in Delta

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By EMMA AMAIZE, Warri
THE supervisor and dredging master of
Practical Dredging and Marine Company
Limited, Effurun, Delta State, have been
kidnapped by gunmen at the company’s project
site in Egrangbene, a riverside community in
Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
Vanguard learnt, yesterday, that the workers:
Robinson Gbakena and Denson Ojutuiwon, had
been held hostage by the kidnappers, who are
asking for N30 million ransom for one week.
They were abducted at gunpoint at about 12.00
pm, July 6, while carrying out a dredging job
in the community.
It could not be immediately confirmed, but a
source said three persons have been arrested in
connection with the incident.
Managing director of the company, Barrister
Owen Nanakumoh, said when contacted by
Vanguard, that he was concerned about the
safety of his workers and appealed to
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and
Commander of the Joint Task Force, JTF, on
the Niger-Delta to give necessary directives
for their release.
He asserted, “The dredging work we are
doing is a self-help project by the community,
I am from the area and it is part of our
contribution to the development of our area, we
contacted the Federal Government, Ministry
of Niger-Delta, Delta State Government,
Burutu Local Government and other relevant
government agencies before we embarked on
this project, why should they kidnap innocent
workers”.
But, the kidnappers in a warning message to
him, written in a badly constructed Pidgin
English, said, “Mr. we are telling you the
bitter truth, somebody give us contract to kill
you and your manager , as we met dare, we
could not found u and the manager therefore,
we take two of your workers and we want to
hear from you before the work is done. If
you refuse to pay those money that we
demand, you will lose your workers. And your
reply angrily needed”.
Vanguard Nigeria

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