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Kidnapped Shell oil workers in Niger Delta rescued–Police

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Jude Johnson

The two Royal Dutch Shell oil workers who were kidnapped in Nigeria’s southern Niger Delta region last week have been rescued.

The pair were attacked in southern Rivers state last week while returning from an official trip to Bayelsa state.

But the Nigerian Police and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) have on Tuesday confirmed their release.

“The tactical team of the command rescued the victims in the early hours of Tuesday,” said Nnamdi Omoni a spokesman for Rivers state police force.

In the same vein, spokesman for SPDC, Mr. Michael Adande, said the pair were free.

“They are well and being supported after their ordeal,”l Adande said.

Kidnappings for ransom occur in much of Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, but are particularly prevalent in the Niger Delta which produces the majority of the country’s crude oil.

On Thursday, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, lamented that over 1000 Nigerians have been kidnapped in the first-quarter of 2019 alone.

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