Incident Summary:

11/19/2003: Members of the Bini-Oru Security firm took hostage 18 Chevron Texaco workers employed at the Middleton and Pennington oil platforms located off the coast of in Nigeria’s Bayelsa State. On November 21, 2003 a Nigerian Navy rescue operation resulted in the release of 16 of the hostages. One hostage was injured during the battle to regain control of the platforms. One of the perpetrators was killed and 20 others taken into custody following the rescue operation. On November 25, 2003, the last two hostages were released when Nigerian government officials brokered an agreement with the remaining perpetrators resisting arrest.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Off the coast of Nigeria's Bayelsa region

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Chevron Texaco Oil Company
Specific Description Chevron Texaco Oil Company holdings oil platforms in Bayesla
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Chevron Texaco workers
Nationality of Target
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 18
US Hostages Unknown
Days of Kidnapping 7
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 1884000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 1884000.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes N260,000,000
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The conditions of the release of the last two prisoners was not revealed in the articles on the case. The international oil market reacted swiftly to the attack rising prices on crude oil sharply to $32 per barrel.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bini-Oru Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 20
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Mike Oduniyi, “Nigeria: Militant Youths in Bayelsa State Free Two Remaining Chevron Workers” This Day, November 25, 2003.
“Nigeria: Navy Rescues Chevron Hostages,” Africa News, November 21, 2003.