Nigeria oil worker's child seized

Armed men kidnap oil worker's daughter after looting the family house.

    Foreign oil workers had been the
    preferred target of the kidnappings [AP]

    The nationality of the girl and her parents was not immediately known.

    Ireju Barasua, a police spokeswoman, said: "There was an armed robbery incident last night in which the robbers took away a girl. We have commenced investigations."

    Reuters news agency, however, reported police as saying that thieves had kidnapped the daughter of a Nigerian oil worker after failing to find enough money during their break in.

    They then demanded a ransom of $39,680.

    The parents or small children of prominent Nigerians in the Delta have been the targets of abductions over the past four months - previously such kidnappings were taboo.

    Surge in kidnappings

    Oil workers, especially foreign ones, had regularly been kidnapped, but their employers have increased security measures, with gangs turning to softer targets.

    More than 200 people are believed to have been kidnapped in the past two years. Hostages are generally released unharmed after a ransom is paid.

    Violence in the region surged in early 2006 when armed groups staged a series of kidnappings and attacks, reducing oil output by one-fifth.

    But non-political violent crime has also been on the rise, with armed robbery, gang violence and kidnapping for ransom increasing.

    Shell and other big foreign companies have evacuated thousands of expatriate staff and family members from the southern wetlands region because of the growing insecurity.

    Since Umaru Yar'Adua, took the presidency in May, he has talked to the Delta groups about their demands and attacks have subsided. But the crime wave persists and many companies are still reluctant to send staff to the region.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.