SA man kidnapped in Nigeria released

2016-06-27 07:12


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Harcourt - Five foreign construction workers kidnapped last week with two Nigerian colleagues in Nigeria's southeast after their vehicle was attacked and driver killed have been released, police said on Sunday.

The commissioner of police in Cross River state, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh told reporters only that the men, including three Australians, a New Zealander and a South African, were released.

No ransom was paid and no further details were disclosed, he added.

The five men were working for the Australian mining and engineering giant Macmahon, which has been contracted to cement major LafargeHolcim in the state.

They were seized with their two Nigerian colleagues early on Wednesday morning in the Akpabuyo district of Cross River, near the state capital, Calabar.

Cross River state security advisor Jude Ngaji said: "I was with them a short while ago. It is only the two Nigerians that had injuries while one or two others have some scars."

They have received medical treatment and been in touch with their families, he added.

Kidnapping for ransom has been a long-standing problem in southern Nigeria, particularly in the oil-producing delta region, where criminal gangs target wealthy Nigerians and expatriate workers.

Most are usually released after the payment of a ransom but New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Thursday his government would adhere to its policy of not paying kidnappers.

Macmahon has an $18 million per year contract with the United Cement Company of Nigeria Ltd (UniCem) for quarrying operations at UniCem's cement manufacturing plant at Mfamosing, near Calabar.

UniCem is a joint venture between Franco-Swiss conglomerate LafargeHolcim and Flour Mills of Nigeria, according to the Australian firm's website.

Read more on:    nigeria  |  west africa  |  abductions

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.