By Emmanuel Serigbana

Gunmen on Tuesday, May 14 2019, kidnapped five oil workers around the Oil Mining Lease (OML) -55.

The company was said to be operated by Belemaoil Producing Limited, an indigenous oil company in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers state.

The oil workers were said to be personnel of Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL and BGP, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation, and were on the site of an ongoing seismic operations by Belemaoil, before their ordeal.

Rivers Police Command confirmed the incident and said that men of the police unit were all around to ensure the release of the workers.

In their efforts, police said through the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni that gunboats had been mounted on the seas and ground detectives were working round the clock to rescue the workers.

According to Omoni, “Yes, I can confirm that five seismic workers were kidnapped two days ago. We have intensified efforts to ensure their release and gunboats have been deployed.

“We are working with other sister agencies, especially the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, to ensure they are released within record time.”