Â Thousands of foreign oil workers are leaving in fear of being kidnapped by both the so called Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and other sea pirates terrorizing the multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.
Gunmen kidnapped three Chinese oil workers on Thursday in the Niger Delta state of Bayelsa, bringing the number to 32 foreign oil workers held hostage by armed groups in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
The failure of the Nigerian government to protect and safe-guard the lives and properties of expatriates has jeopardized the production and export of crude oil and billions of dollars have been lost since the armed groups unleashed their reign of terror in the region.
One of the stakeholders in the region and an ally of the detained leader of the Niger Delta Peopleâ€™s Volunteer Force (NDPVF) Alhaji Asari Dokubo, has blamed the ruling party in Nigeria for the breakdown of law and order in the Niger Delta region.
â€œThe Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) has been implicated in the violent crimes in the Niger Delta region since they employed and armed these political thugs to attack the opposition parties and the thugs metamorphosed into the so called militants and marauders on rampage in the creeks.Â The government gave them millions of dollars in 2005 in exchange for their arms.Â And you do not negotiate with terrorists.Â Negotiating with these terrorists have made them worse,â€ he said.
He also said that many of the expatriates at the Nigeria LNG on Bonny Island have sent home their families and do not want to renew their contracts.