Police rescue kidnapped Turkish nationals in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
Two Turkish men kidnapped since April 11 2017 have been rescued by the Nigerian police.
Though detail of their rescue was sketchy, it was learnt that an informant tipped the security agencies in the South South region, from where the two contractors were whisked away from their work site by armed wielding men, numbering five.
The pair, who worked for a construction company, were abducted on April 11 in the town of Eket in Akwa Ibom state, in the country’s Niger Delta energy hub. Kidnapping for ransom is common in some parts of Nigeria.
“The two Turkish nationals were rescued by police on the 19th of April,” said Okechukwu Chukwu, a deputy superintendent in Akwa Ibom state.
“No casualty was recorded during their rescue but five suspects were arrested. No ransom was paid, and investigations are ongoing. The Turks have been reunited with their families.”
There was an increase in crime in the Niger Delta last year that coincided with a series of attacks on energy facilities. There have been no militant attacks on energy installations so far this year