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Kidnapers of PPMC staff make N120 million ransom demand

06 January 2013, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – Kidnapers of a senior staff of the Pipelines Products Marketing Company, PPMC, Okrika Area Office, an affiliate of the Port Harcourt Refining Company has been kidnapped, have made a N120 million ransom demand.

It was gathered that while the PPMC management is still grappling with how to respond to the demand, the victim’s family have offered to pay N20 million, but the kidnappers rebuffed the offer.

Police sources revealed that the victim, who is a lady and deputy manager with the PPMC was seen by villagers at the Tombia Creek, being whisked away by her abductors.

The abduction of the PPMC staff was announced by spokesman of the Rivers State Police command, Ben Ugwuegbulam, in an interview in Port Harcourt on Friday.

The PPMC is a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission, NNPC. Mr. Ugwuegbulam said that the victim is a Deputy Manager at the PPMC, adding that the manager was abducted at Ozuoba in the outskirts of Port Harcourt on January 3.

“The details of the incident are still sketchy. Our anti-kidnap unit has commenced investigation into the incident. We will give you more details as soon as we get them,” he said. Mr. Ugwuegbulam said no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction and no ransom has been demanded.

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