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MSN Money: Shell Chairman: No Word Nigeria Hostages

All Associated Press NewsDAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – The managing director of Royal Dutch Shell said Friday he was unaware of any plans to free four workers seized from an oil platform in Nigeria earlier this month.
Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, Jeroen van der Veer said there was no resolution of the hostages' fate.
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“I checked my e-mail 30 minutes ago, and there was no information,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the Nigerian daily newspaper The Punch reported that the workers, kidnapped in the Niger Delta, could regain their freedom “soon.”
Ekiyor Welson, press secretary to the governor of Bayelsa State, told the newspaper the impending release came after a deal was allegedly struck between the Nigerian government and the militants. He gave no details of the deal.
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo did not comment about a deal.
“All I know is that the hostages will be released soon,” he told Dow Jones Newswires. “I can't tell you how many days.”
The four oil workers — a Briton, an American, a Bulgarian and a Honduran — were kidnapped at a Shell oil platform in the oil-rich delta Jan. 11.

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