A Canadian citizen was kidnapped in Nigeria over the weekend. According to Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian kidnapped in Nigeria, a man, was one of three oil workers abducted from their rig in Nigeria's Delta region this Saturday. The other two kidnapped men are reportedly from Nigeria and Scotland.
According to Global News, the kidnappers attacked the rig, which is stationed in Ogbele, Rivers State, at around 8:00 AM on April 27th. A dozen men carrying guns descended upon the rig, firing off their weapons before snatching the three men from the area. The attackers then reportedly disappeared with their victims into a region with a thick forest and swamps.
According to a Nigeria military spokesman, the surrounding swampland by the rig is now being investigated by troops. Police in the area have reportedly already ramped up security following another attack nearby. A few weeks ago, several armed men attacked and killed civilians in the same region.
Information about the kidnapping is sparse at the moment, but Global Affairs Canada did release a statement on the matter:
“Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information,” read a statement released by the agency on Sunday, according to Global News.
According to Global Affairs, the family of the Canadian is currently being provided with consular services. It has been reported that no ransom demand has been made by the kidnappers at this time. According to a report by The National Post, taking hostages for large sums of ransom money is common in Nigeria, and foreign workers are often the targets of such crimes.