28 Kidnapped Oil Workers Rescued In Niger Delta
Joint Task Force, JTF, which rescued 28 workers of an oil servicing company, China Petrochemical Corporation, Sinepoc on Ikang waterways in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, has declared wanted, leader of the militant group, Lapto Marine Force.
One of the workers, who allegedly ran away out of fear, when JTF attacked the camp, where the militant leader, Lapto, had held them hostage, has been rescued in neighbouring Akpabuyo Local Government Area.
Commander of JTF, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, Major General Johnson Ochoga, yesterday, said, “The 28th person has been found. All of them are safe. The one that was not immediately seen has been picked up and he is safe. They have been handed back to the oil company, Sinopec.
“The last person was rescued at Akpabuyo. The 27 others were rescued from Lapto’s camp in the creeks, close to Ikang. All the oil workers were kidnapped when they were going to Sinopec’s worksite in Akwa Ibom State.”