Ransoms Fuel Surge in Nigeria Kidnapping

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LAGOS, Nigeria — Foreign oil workers are known in Nigeria’s oil-rich south as "white gold" among the gangs that kidnap them.

They have seized more than 150 foreigners this year, including a just freed 3-year-old British girl. That’s nearly as many abductions as all of 2006, a kidnapping epidemic that has helped cut output in Africa’s largest oil nation by a quarter, driving up prices worldwide.

Mike hill carries his 3-year kidnapped daughter Margaret into a car after she was released in Port Harcourt, Nigeria Sunday, July 8, 2007. Nigerian gunmen have released the British toddler who was kidnapped in the country’s oil-rich south, a regional official said Sunday.

"Ah, the whites are coming," one young gang member _ sipping beer in a ramshackle, roadside bar _ told a reporter with a chuckle as a heavily guarded oil company convoy sped through the oil city of Port Harcourt, sirens blaring. "It’s like the vans for ice creams in your country."

ASI Global Response now rates Nigeria as second only to Iraq as the country with the greatest risk of kidnapping for foreign workers…

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One Response to “Ransoms Fuel Surge in Nigeria Kidnapping”

  1. MoAl says:

    "ASI Global Response now rates Nigeria as second only to Iraq as the country with the greatest risk of kidnapping for foreign workers." — Not a good distinction, I pray this changes quickly

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