Kidnapped 3 yr old kid and family go into hiding
From right;mother Oluchi, Magaret and Mr Hill
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hills and their daughter yesterday moved out of their house in Mgboba, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to an unknown location.
The family, neighbours told THISDAY, had to change address to keep out of public glare, as the place had been besieged by journalists who had expected to catch all the moments of the saga as it unfolded.
Even the mobile phone of Oluchi, Margaret’s mother, which she used to communicate with the outside world before the release of the girl, is now permanently switched off.
Police sources told THISDAY that some hours before the release of the girl, they had moved the Isuzu Jeep from where the girl was snatched to State Police Headquarters at Moscow Road.
The source said that the couple expressed fear that they might still be a target of another attack and for that may have to, even if temporarily, vacate the house.
Their relocation is coming on the heels of the evacuation of no fewer than 123 members of staff of Lone Star Drilling, the company where Mr. Hill works. They have been evacuated from their base in Nembe, Bayelsa State over new threats of attacks by militants.
The company, some inside sources said, was asked to leave the area unless they parted with an unspecified amount said to run into hundreds of million or risk further kidnap of its expatriate staff.
After the message of the militants became persistent, added to the last week kidnap of four of its staff drilling well in Soku for Dutch oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), the management of the company was said to have decided to pull out its staff and suspend all operations.
Those kidnapped by the unknown group and taken into the creeks in the attack were Jason Lane (Australia), George Saliba (Lebanon), Andreas Gambra (Venezuela) and Kiwis Brent Goddard and Bruce Klenner (both from New Zealand).
With the pull-out of the company, it was not clear whether they were ordering total cessation of business in the Niger Delta. However, there has been a total condemnation of the action of militants in the abduction of Lone Star Drilling workers by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).
In a statement by its spokesperson, Chief Bank Anthony Okorafor, PETAN warned that the persistent negative signals emanating from the Niger Delta especially over the hostage incidents was capable of pulling the economy of the region down.