Suspected maritime pirates have demanded N25 million in ransom from a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and four civilians who were kidnapped.

The victims were stolen from a contractor working for ConOil Plc in Koluama 1 in the Southern Ijaw local government area on Wednesday.

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They were reportedly kidnapped on their way to Koluama 1 with supplies for the kitchen contractor last Wednesday. The abducted NSCDC personnel, simply known as Kalifa, is a native of Edo State’s Igarra.

According to sources, the victims work for the wife of Pastor Clifford Wilson, also known as Pastor Reuben, a former militant leader. According to reports, the pirates sought N25 million in exchange for their release.

Certain locals, speaking on the condition of anonymity, stated that the kidnapping was linked to the treatment of some youths who worked with the former militant leader, which culminated in their dismissal without pay a few weeks ago.

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The incident was confirmed by an adviser to the former militant leader, who indicated that attempts were being made to obtain the victims’ release.

Solomon Ogbere, the state spokesman for the NSCDC, revealed that one of the command’s personnel was abducted along with four others.

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