LAGOS: A Nigerian youth organisation appealed to counterparts in Niger Coast Region to release some oil workers recently kidnapped in the region.
“We the members of the Wider Executive Council of Biafra National Youth League is pleading with our youth in Niger Coast Region to return the recently kidnapped workers of the Agip Oil Company in Nembe and maintain peace in the oil rich region,” the organisation said in a statement.
The organisation said it was aware the reason behind the action of the youth in Niger Coastal Region was to send a message to Northern Nigerians that the oil boosting their economy was from their land. Biafra National Youth League condemned the use of violence on oil companies operating on Nigerian soil.
It said Agip Oil Company had constructed many roads for rural communities in the Niger Delta, including the Agbere Community road that was bringing development to Sagbama and other areas in Bayelsa.
“We believe there are many ways to fight the Govt instead of launching attacks on oil workers. We call on our youths in Bayelsa, particularly Nembe, Brass and Ekeremor to shun violence and maintain peace in the Coastal Region, while we write to oil companies to stop polluting our land and waters.”
Recently, gunmen riding in a speedboat kidnapped four Nigerian oil workers in the crude-producing Niger Delta. They were taken in the Southern Ijaw area of Bayelsa State while they were travelling by boat without a security escort.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY