By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Four abducted Chinese nationals who were reportedly abducted in December last year along the waterways off Owendo port in Libreville, Gabon’s capital city have been released.
The Nigerian military rescued four Chinese nationals at the Delta river. A captain was said to have been killed during the attack.
AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered that the victims were rescued by operatives of the Joint Task Force code named Operation Delta Safe (ODS) last week Thursday along the Nigerian high seas of Delta and Ondo States.
Reports had it that the expatriates were abducted while working at an oil ring in the outskirt of Libreville, while others
Sources claimed that, ”the captives were employees of two fishing vessels belonging to Sigapeche, a Sino Gabonese company.
”Their captors ferried the victims into the Nigerian waterways. where they were rescued following intelligence reports from Chinese and Gabonese government.
”The victims had been released to their various country’s embassy in Nigeria.
“The hostages include four Chinese nationals who was rescued by the JTF on Thursday last week.
”They were working at the country’s (Gabonese) rivers when sea pirates Gabon abducted them.
“They have been handed over to their country’s embassies in Nigeria. The Chinese nationals have returned to their country”, a top security source said.
The Chinese Consul-General in Nigeria, Chu Maoming confirmed the release of the victims in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
The Consulate in a statement on its website said ”the consulate general in Lagos cooperated with the relevant agencies to carry out rescue efforts and the hostages were released safely.
”Maoming visited the freed sailors before they returned to their country.
It was not clear if the Nigerian military arrested any of the captors during the rescue operation comprising operatives of the Nigerian military, Department of State Service and police.
Our correspondent learnt that the four Chinese hostages returned to their country on Sunday after they were presented to their country’s representatives in Nigeria.
When contacted for comments, the spokesman of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta region, Major Jonah Unuakhalu, whose men successfully rescued the victims said, ”can you call me later please, I am on the highway”
Major Unuakhalu’s. At the time of filing this report, has not called back or responded to the calls.
Recall that the Nigerian Navy (NN), Central Naval Command (CNC) had last week rescued two Russians and an Indian who were abducted off the Ramos River entrance, bordering Delta and Bayelsa states, on January 2nd.