Sunday 26 June 2016

Three Australians and South African Kidnapped in Calabar Regain Freedom

The foreigners whose kidnap in Nigeria caused some international stir, have finally been released.

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Seven contractors, including three Australians and a South African, have been released unharmed four days after they were kidnapped by gunmen in Cross River State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, police had earlier given accounts of how many had been seized and what their nationalities were, and that they all worked for cement company Lafarge on the outskirts of Calabar, Cross River State, in the Niger Delta.
The Cross River State Commissioner Jimoh Ozi-Obeh said they were released “unhurt” on Sunday but gave no further details.
The state governor’s security adviser, Jude Ngajim, said five expatriates and two Nigerians had been released.
“They are safe and sound,” he said, noting that a doctor had made medical checks and pronounced them “fit and sound”.
Kidnappings of foreigners are common in the region, which holds most of the OPEC member’s crude oil and contributes about 70 per cent of national income.
Nigeria has remained Africa’s top oil producer until a recent spate of attacks on oil facilities.
Lafarge, Africa and Australian contractors Macmahon Holdings Ltd could not immediately be reached for comment.

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