Police in southwestern Nigeria on Sunday warned foreign nationals to be vigilant days after gunmen abducted two Indian workers in the region.
Gunmen captured the two men on Wednesday as they drove away from a pharmaceutical company in Ibadan, the state capital of Oyo. They take out the rear tires of their vehicle to force it to stop.
A spokesman for state police, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said in a statement that the force is making a “great effort” to find and rescue them, but did not say whether the kidnappers contacted the families.
“All emigrants are advised to be vigilant and attentive especially during this period,” he said.
Security agencies should be alerted to “any suspicious movement around their facilities,” he added.
Hundreds of Indian nationals live and work in Nigeria, especially in the pharmaceutical sector.
Kidnapping for ransom targeting foreigners and prominent Nigerians is common in Africa’s most populous nation.
The victims are usually released unharmed after ransom payments, but police rarely confirm that any money was paid.
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