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UpstreamOnline: Red alert in Port Harcourt

By Barry Morgan

Security and political risk consultancy Control Risks confirmed today that the Nigerian federal government has put all available security agents on “red alert” in the oil hub of Port Harcourt in the country’s oil-rich Niger Delta.

The move follows Wednesday’s kidnapping in broad daylight of a subcontractor working for Total and that of a Filipino woman on her way to a bank in the same city, located in Rivers State.

A British oil worker taken hostage some time ago was released this week on health grounds this week, but various militant groups which claim they are fighting for resource control of the region’s oil still hold a US national, two Italians, a Lebanese citizen and 24 Filipino crew members who were abducted in the Chanoni Channel in Delta State.

Expatriate staff of oil companies and their subcontractors have been further rattled by the abduction earlier this week of a Filipino subcontractor working for Shell.

His police escort shot and killed by abductors while he was being driven to Port Harcourt from Owerri in Imo State. All flights to Port Harcourt are now diverted to Owerri following the airport’s closure while work on the runway is carried out.

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1 Comment on “UpstreamOnline: Red alert in Port Harcourt”

  1. #1 HASAN PARVEZ
    on Feb 10th, 2007 at 01:06

    I signed a contract paper with SHELL/NNPC, SOKU GAS PROJECT, RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA as expatriate project Manager. I am shocked by this news. But I work for SHELL’s interest in this region. I am not afraid.I think this world is for the survibal for the fittest.
    Thank you.

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