• Friday, June 21, 2024
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Kidnapped Macmahon Holdings contractors released


The seven contractors of Macmahon Holdings Limited who were kidnapped four days ago have been released. Those released include three Australians and a South African. They were kidnapped in the outskirts of Calabar, Cross River State.

Reuters reports that police had given conflicting accounts of how many had been seized and what their nationalities were but they all worked for the cement company.

Cross River State Commissioner Jimoh Ozi-Obeh said they were released “unhurt” on Sunday but gave no further details.

The state governor’s security adviser, Jude Ngajim said five expatriates and two Nigerians had been released.

“They are safe and sound,” he said, noting that a doctor had made medicals checks and pronounced them “fit and sound”.

Kidnappings of foreigners are common in the region, which holds most of the OPEC member’s crude oil and contributes about 70 percent of national income. Nigeria was Africa’s top oil producer until a recent spate of attacks on oil facilities.

Lafarge Africa and Australian contractors Macmahon Holdings Ltd could not immediately be reached for comment.