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Suspected militants kidnap five ExxonMobil workers

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 at 7:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri  / Correspondent, Uyo


Unknown gunmen on Wednesday kidnapped five ExxonMobil personnel at Floating Storage and Offloading Vessel (FSO).

When Daily Independent visited the Qua Iboe Terminal Ibeno in Akwa Ibom State, that there were heavy presence of military personnel in the area.

A witness who pleaded anonymity told journalists that five indigenous personnel who were working at offshore in ExxonMobil were kidnapped at FSO by militants to unknown destination.

He explained that due to the fear of post elections violence, the management of ExxonMobil and workers resumed work at about 11.30 a.m on Wednesday.

The source further said that since the kidnapping the management now shut down production by 1p.m at QIT, Ibeno, as they are  scared of further attack by the militants.

“They are scared that the militants will attack them again. Since they kidnapped five oil workers at the offshore, they are thinking that they might attack them at onshore that is why they shutdown the production,’’ he said.

The source said that security had advised ExxonMobil management to bring all the vessels together to avert further kidnapping of personnel by the militants in the area.

“Any vessel that is actively working, Mobil should now have three anchorages so that those vessels will be under security watch.

“Each of the anchorages will not stand close to each other so that they can have security watch in order to forestall militancy coming close to the vessel,’’ he said.

He explained  that only one entrance door was applicable to all the plat forms now in ExxonMobil.