Shell Says No Word Yet on Kidnapped Oil Workers

Shell has sent intermediaries to the villages in the western Niger Delta where it is believed the three kidnapped oil workers are being held. So far they have not received any feedback, according to a Shell spokesman. The three, seized last Monday from their tug boat off Shell's Forcados export terminal, are believed to be held in Ogodobiri village in the Bomadi local government area, just north of Forcados, according to ethnic-Ijaw community sources.

Shell said the kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 25 million naira. The abduction does not appear to be community-related, their motive appears to be financial. Shell has declined to release the identities of the captives but said their families had been informed.