Delta State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of five oil workers on Wednesday by gunmen in the state.
The Command further urged the people of the state to provide relevant information that can help the police track down the kidnappers.
Police Public Relations Office Andrew Aniamaka confirmed the abduction to Channels Television on Saturday in Asaba, the state capital.
He explained that the hoodlums seized the workers who were on a boat while on their way to an offshore location near Ajoki, a border community between Delta and neighboring Edo State.
“We got a report from Sahara Energy that five of their staff were kidnapped by the waterside there in Koko.
“The victims were presumably returning from Ajoki, Edo State where they had gone to work when they were kidnapped by the hoodlums,” he said.
Aniamaka also informed reporters that there were reports that the kidnappers have contacted their victims’ families, requesting for ransom.
He, however, said the police were already collaborating with other security agencies in the state to apprehend them and rescue the kidnapped oil workers.
“There are also reports that the kidnappers are already demanding for ransom but whether it is true or not, the police in collaboration with the military will ensure the release of the victims.
“Let me assure the public that plans are on to ensure that the victims are rescued. The public is also advised to help the police with any information that will lead to the freedom of the abducted victims,” the Command spokesman added.