No demands from Nigerian kidnappers yet - SA government

2016-06-23 10:14

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Cape Town – The Department of International Relations and Co-operation was on Thursday following up on police reports that a South African was kidnapped in Nigeria, spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said.

He said South African High Commissioner to Nigeria Lulu Mnguni and his team were working with their Australian counterparts and the government of Nigeria.

"The kidnappers have not made any demands yet. Officials at the SA High Commission are making arrangements to travel to the area where the kidnapping took place," he tweeted.

This comes after reports that a South African, two Australians and two Nigerians were kidnapped in the country's south-east after their vehicle was stopped in the Akpabuyo district near the capital of Cross River state, Calabar, around 07:00 (08:00 South African time) on Wednesday.

- Read more: South African, Australians kidnapped in Nigeria

Their driver was shot dead, police in Nigeria said.

All five worked for Australian mining and engineering giant Macmahon. It was contracted to cement company LafargeHolcim in the state, police commissioner Jimoh Ozi-Obeh told reporters.

A witness to the abduction, who asked not to be identified, said the kidnappers took the men to a boat.

Kgwete told News24 on Thursday that they were still confirming the details surrounding the kidnapping and did not have any more details.

Read more on:    nigeria  |  west africa  |  abductions

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