Militants are targeting foreign oil companies to press their demands
A flowstation of Italy's biggest oil company Eni SpA was attacked by armed militants in Nigeria yesterday, leaving 27 people unaccounted for.
Eight out of 24 workers and 40 of 51 soldiers managed to escape the attack at the Ogbainbiri facility. The company couldn't say if the missing people had been kidnapped, according to a spokesman who declined to be named. Eni said it knew of no casualties at the station.
Eni has been struggling to increase output after militant attacks in Nigeria and expropriations in Venezuela hampered operations. The company's production fell 13 percent in the first quarter.
Militants are targeting foreign oil companies to press their demands for a greater share of Nigeria's wealth.