Turks kidnapped in Nigeria


Two Turkish men were kidnapped from a hotel room in south-east Nigeria, police said on Tuesday.

The pair, who worked for a construction company, were abducted on Sunday in Eket, Akwa Ibom state, in the country’s Niger Delta energy hub, police said. Kidnapping for ransom is common in some parts of Nigeria.
“There is no word yet on them or the kidnappers but we are on their trail,” said Ikechukwu Chukwu, a spokesman for Akwa Ibom police. Police declined to give details of the company the men worked for or their names.

There was an increase in crime in the Niger Delta last year coinciding with a series of attacks on energy facilities. There have been no militant attacks on energy installations so far this year.