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kidnappers’ surprise gift

The BBC’s Alex Last describes his surprise when he and other journalists went out into the mangrove swamps to meet Nigerian militants holding nine foreign oil-workers hostage and they handed one of them over to the journalists. The militants appeared … read more

Community Residents Move Out

Apparently dreading a possible all-out battle between militants, holding nine expatriate oil workers as hostages, and men of the Nigerian Army, hundreds of people from the Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri have started moving out of the community. This comes as … read more

Militants attack Chanomi platform, ship

Ijaw militants on Tuesday continued their onslaught on oil facilities in the Niger Delta by attacking the Chanomi Creek manifold and a tanker ship in Delta State. The attacks, which came barely three days after the militants damaged the Odidi … read more

Explosion damages oil pipeline

An explosion in Chanoni creek in Gbaramatu Kingdom in the Niger Delta damaged an oil pipeline Wednesday leading to the spilling of a yet to be specified volume of oil. Jane Oraka, a resident of Gbaramatu, said locals believed that … read more

American hostage released

News networks are saying that 1 American hostage has been released today. Macon Hawkins, who celebrates his 69th bithday today is said to have been set free in a gesture of good will by MEND… More as we get it read more

Militants free diabetic Texan captive

Militants holding foreign oil workers hostage in Nigeria released one in the presence of reporters on Wednesday, handing over a diabetic 69-year-old American after nearly two weeks in captivity. Macon Hawkins, of Kosciusko, Texas, was handed over to the Nigerian … read more

REBELS RELEASE SIX OF NINE HOSTAGES

Nigerian separatist guerrillas released six of their nine foreign hostages on today but warned that they would step up attacks aimed at shutting down the country’s oil industry. The militants also stated they would not hand over the remaining captives … read more

Militants shun peace talks

Freedom could still be a long way for the nine expatriate oil workers held hostage by Ijaw militants. Reason: Their captors have allegedly told the Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori, not to dissipate his energy on seeking negotiation with … read more