30 January 2012
BOWDON, Ga. — As the car an American man was riding in idled in traffic in a remote Nigerian town, two men appeared, one of them shooting the Georgia man’s security guard five times, while the other forced him into a tiny getaway car that sped away.
The car weaved through traffic on side roads and then sped to a main road, where police, known there as “mopols,” had erected a roadblock. Greg Ock’s captors crashed through the barricade and traded fire with a truck of police officers, who narrowly missed the 50-year-old Ock.
Greg Ock recounts how he was kidnapped and held hostage in
Nigeria during an interview at his home in , Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Ock was on his way to a clinic about an hour’s drive from the Nigerian plant where he worked as a contractor when a gunman ran up to the car he was driving in, shot his security guard about five times and forced him into a tiny red Audi. Ock was released and returned home Sunday. Bowdon, Ga.
.“I felt like I was in an action movie,” Ock told The Associated Press at his west
home on Monday, a day after he returned to his family. As they were speeding away from the police, he said he told his guards: “I was more afraid of mopols than you guys.” Georgia
Ock was kidnapped on Jan. 20 in Warri, a main city in the Niger Delta, an oil-rich area where foreign firms pump 2.4 million barrels of crude oil a day. After being held seven days, he was released on Friday.