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Kidnappers Yet To Free Two Expatriates, Nigerian in Delta

Posted: May 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Felix  Igbekoyi, Asaba
Two expatriates and a Nigerian staff of OKMAS Nigeria Limited, handling the Patani-Oduophori road project for Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Patani Local Council of Delta State abducted on May 20, 2015 are yet to be released.
They were reportedly abducted on at the construction site where they were working. The expatriates are Sari Naser Karin, a Syrian and Tarek Maroun, a Lebanese while the Nigerian was simply identified as Sahara.
Daily Independent gathered that the gunmen numbering seven, all armed with AK 47 riffles and dressed in military attires, stormed the project site and whisked away the three staff to an unknown destination.
The source stated that the gunmen came in speedboats through the Sagbama creek to Agoloma-Toru-Apalabiri community and subsequently escaped via the same route.
 The Public Relations Manager of the company, Owhondah Ebere, explained that it was the first recorded case of kidnap of staff of the company since the commencement of the project in 2013, adding that a formal complaint had been lodged with the police and the Department State Security (DSS).
He said that the company was yet to be contacted by the abductors, a situation which has led to workers of the company laying down their tools at the project site, demanding for adequate security for the workers to forestall future occurrence and for the immediate release of their colleagues.
The Delta State Police spokeswoman, Celestina Kalu, confirmed the incident, assuring that the police were on top of the situation and would do everything possible to rescue the hostages and bring the culprit to book.