Nigeria: Gunmen Attack Italian Oil Station November 12, 2006 - According to the source, Ekiyor Conrad Welson, "we understand that some youths have taken over the flow station last night. Government is working on it."
Nigerian gunmen quit oil plant, other siege goes on November 13, 2006 - Protesters invaded Tebidaba on Nov. 6 to press demands for compensation for oil spills. Akenge said they were now demanding money before vacating the flow station.
Nigerian Military Clash With Militants in Niger Delta November 15, 2006 - Militants are continuing their occupation of two flow stations in the region. Scores of Nigerian workers and soldiers are reported being held by militants who invaded the facilities in the past week to press demands for benefits.
The government's refusal to pay ransom seems to be stalling negotiations to lift the siege, as local police chief Ringim explains to VOA.
"They are asking for four million naira [about $30,000] before they release everybody," he explained. "The government is refusing to give them four million naira because, if we give them four million naira, they will move to another flow station. We are still discussing."
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, a militant group whose February attacks forced a drastic cut in oil production, said recently it intends to resume attacks and take more hostages.
Nigeria, the world's eighth-largest exporter of oil, has lost 500,000 barrels in daily crude production since February.
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