Kidnapping escalates in Nigeria as 2 Chinese workers are abducted days after kidnapped Briton was killed

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Updated: March 7, 2021


Two Chinese nationals have been kidnapped in Nigeria, just days after an abducted Briton was killed in the northwestern state of Kaduna.

Sun Zhixin and Wang Quing Hu were abducted on Wednesday in the southeastern Nigerian state of Ebonyi.

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Local media identified the two men, who were whisked away by masked gunmen while working on a road project in Ohaozara Local Government Area in Ebonyi, as workers of Tongyi construction company.

Local newspaper, Premium Times, said the Chinese nationals were at Ivo river area when the gunmen invaded the construction site around 3:30 p.m. and took them away.

The police spokesperson in the state, Odah Loveth, said cops have been dispatched to rescue them.

The State Commissioner of Police, Awoshola Awotinde, on receiving information of the kidnap personally led a tactical team to the construction site, owned by Tongyi group of companies located at Ivo river at the boundary between Ebonyi and Enugu state, where Sun Zhixin and Wang Quing Hu, both male, Chinese nationals were forcefully taken away.

“The State Commissioner of Police, Awoshola Awotinde, on receiving information of the kidnap personally led a tactical team to the construction site, owned by Tongyi group of companies located at Ivo river at the boundary between Ebonyi and Enugu state, where Sun Zhixin and Wang Quing Hu, both male, Chinese nationals were forcefully taken away.

“The area was combed to track down the bandits but no result, a track down rescue team has been dispatched to move on in order to rescue the Chinese nationals unhurt,” she said, according to local newspaper, Premium Times.

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Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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