LAGOSâ€”Nigeria is working hard to free two German nationals abducted in Abia State, an official said, yesterday, adding that the two men had taken unnecessary risks.
â€œWe are working very hard to secure the release of the Germans,â€ the top state security official told AFP.
He said the two Germans, aged 45 and 55, kidnapped on Sunday near Imo River, had â€œexposed themselves to uneccessary risksâ€ by travelling there unaccompanied.
The German government said diplomats were working to secure their release.
â€œWe must assume at this point that two German citizens were kidnapped Sunday night in southern Nigeria, in the Niger Delta,â€ foreign ministry spokesman, Andreas Peschke, told reporters in Berlin.
â€œThe foreign ministry and our experts on the ground are in contact with the responsible authorities in Nigeria. We are trying everything possible, with these authorities, to resolve this case as soon as possible.â€
He declined to provide further details in the interest of the hostagesâ€™ safety.
A Nigerian security source said one of the men works in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, while the other came from Nigeriaâ€™s commercial capital of Lagos.
No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
Hundreds of foreigners and locals, mostly oil workers â€” have been kidnapped since 2006 in Nigeria, mostly in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
Many have been released unharmed, but some only after ransom payments.