Port Harcourt – Gunmen kidnapped two Turkish nationals from their hotel in southern Nigeria’s oil-rich Akwa Ibom state, police said on Tuesday in the latest unrest to hit the restive Niger Delta.
“Two Turkish nationals working for a construction company in the Onna local government area were abducted from their hotel rooms”, said state police spokesperson Chukwu Okechukwu.
He said the men, who work for BKS Construction Company which is based in Onna, were seized by gunmen from a hotel in Eket, an industrial city which is home to Mobil, the Nigerian subsidiary of US oil giant Exxon.
He said efforts were under way to free the pair
A Turkish teacher was abducted from a school just outside Lagos along with two other staff members and five students in January, police said, indicating that they were freed two weeks later.
Kidnapping for ransom was rife in the Niger delta until a 2009 government amnesty drastically reduced unrest in the region.
Most kidnap victims were released unhurt after ransom payments.