Tuesday, February 13, 2007

BBC: Filipinos released in Niger Delta

Some good news, finally: 24 Filipino seamen abducted in the Niger Delta have been released. These men were simply caught in the crossfire of a burgeoning civil war in the region.

With all the election brouhaha back home, it's highly unlikely this story will hit the front pages. So here it is.

From BBC:

Nigerian kidnappers who seized 24 Filipinos from the country's oil-rich Delta region have freed all the men, government officials have said.

The group of seamen were kidnapped from their vessel, owned by a German shipping firm, on 20 January.

The men were released without a ransom being paid following the intervention of local elders, reports said.

Armed gangs regularly target foreign workers in the Niger Delta region, and currently hold at least seven hostages.

"All 24 hostages are on board our vessel, Baco-Liner 2, and they're on their way to Warri now," a spokesman for German shipping firm Baco-Liner told Reuters.

Hmmm, I wonder if some local politico will step forward and grab credit for their release?


  1. Actually, it's tomorrow's main story : )

  2. That's good to hear! I thought it would be overshadowed by Pacquiao's announcement.

  3. lucky them it's election time.

    this message should be broadcasted to all Filipinos abroad: get into sticky situations only during election time. that way, you can be assured of politicians elbowing each other as to who could come and help first!