Omos Oyinbode, Asaba
The whereabout of two expatriates and a Nigerian who were kidnapped in Patani Council area of Delta State has remained unknown after six days of being whisked away by unknown gunmen.
The victims who are staff of OKMAS Nigeria Limited, handling the Patani-Oduophori Road Project for Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) were abducted on May 20 at the construction site.
The Public Relations Manager of the company, Owhondah Ebere, gave the names of the expatriates as Sari Naser Karin, a Syrian and Tarek Maroun, a Lebanese while the Nigerian was not identified.
The PRO said the gunmen numbering 7, all armed with AK 47 riffles and dressed in military uniform, stormed the project site and whisked away the three staff to a destination unknown to the public.
He said: “The gunmen came in speedboats through the Sagbama creek to Agoloma-Toru-Apalabiri community and subsequently escaped via the same route.”
Ebere explained that it was the first recorded case of kidnap of staff of the company since the commencement of the project in 2013, adding that a formal complaint had been lodged with the police and the Department of Secret Security (DSS) headquarters in the state capital of Asaba. He said that the company was yet to be contacted get by the abductors, a situation which has led to workers of the company laying down their tools at the project site.
The aggrieved workers demanded for adequate security for the workers to forestall future reoccurrence and for the immediate release of their colleagues.
The Delta State Police spokes man, Celestina Kalu, confirmed the incident, assuring that the police are on top of the situation and would do everything possible to rescue the hostages and bring the culprit to book.