Canadian worker abducted at oil rig in Nigeria

Unidentified gunmen abducted two foreign workers at an oil rig in Nigeria’s southern Rivers state, the military said.

The assailants kidnapped the Scottish and Canadian citizens at an onshore oilfield operated by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources in the Abua Odual local government area, Ibrahim Abdullahi, spokesman for the Joint Military Task Force, said in an emailed statement.

Security forces are hunting for the kidnappers, he said.

Global Affairs Canada said it was “aware that a Canadian citizen was the victim of a kidnapping in Nigeria” and that “consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information.”

Local news agencies reported a local man was also abducted by a dozen gunmen who disappeared into nearby forests and swamps.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.




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