Port Harcourt — The two senior workers of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, SPDC, who were kidnapped last week in Rivers State, have regained their freedom, the Police has said.
Recall that two police escort working with SPDC were shot dead while two of the company’s employees were abducted by gunmen along Ndele-Rumuji axis of the East-West road, on Thursday
The gunmen, reportedly came out of the bush to stop the vehicle travelling from Yenagoa in Bayelsa State to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Confirming the development, the Rivers Police Command said a combined team of tactical force freed the oil workers.
Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, exclusively told our correspondent that no ransom was paid to the gunmen in exchange for the oil workers, adding that they have been reunited with their families.
He also disclosed that the four government workers from Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, three gunmen and a woman, who were abducted last Wednesday in Rivers state, have also been released.
According to him, “Yes, they (Shell workers) have been released. The NEMA officials too have been released. The Shell workers were released yesterday (Tuesday) while the NEMA officials were released on the early hours of today.
“They have been reunited with their families and no ransom was paid.”
He also assured that the two expatriates who are staff of the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources, NDPR, who were also abducted last Saturday in the state, would be released soon,
Similarly, a source from the multinational oil company, who also confirmed the development, said the victims were now recuperating in the hospital.
“The gentlemen have been freed. They were freed on Monday night. They are now recuperating in the hospital and reunited with their family members. We appreciate the support of everyone that has led to them regaining their freedom.”