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One Italian ENI Worker Asked Government to Act

One of four foreign oil workers held hostage by Nigerian militants

One of four foreign oil workers held hostage by Nigerian militants has urged their employer and the Italian government to step up efforts to free them.

In a telephone conversation with the Italian newspaper Manifesto published on Sunday, Franco Arena said he wanted "pressure put on the Italian government and our company so that they obtain our release soon".

When it carried out the kidnapping on December 7, MEND demanded the release of two jailed leaders from the delta, compensation to villagers for oil pollution, the transfer of control over oil resources from the government to local communities and reparations for 50 years of "enslavement" by the oil industry.

ENI said in a statement it was following the situation closely.