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Canadian kidnapped off Nigerian oil rig

Last Updated Apr 29, 2019 at 12:30 am EST

Oil rig in Lagos, Nigeria. (Source: iStock)

YENAGOA, Nigeria (NEWS 1130) — Global Affairs has confirmed a Canadian is among three oil workers who were kidnapped in Nigeria on Saturday.

Three workers from Canada, Scotland and Nigeria were abducted during an early-morning raid on a rig owned by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources in Ogbele, Rivers State, Reuters reports. The abduction is the second in the Delta region within the last week.

According to Global Affairs Canada, officials from the consulate are supporting the family of the kidnapped Canadian. It says its working to get more information from Nigerian authorities.

The agency won’t be releasing any more information for now, citing privacy concerns.

A military spokesperson in Nigeria says troops are searching the swamps, and police have upped security in that area where civilians were recently attacked.

Last year, two Canadians and two Americans were kidnapped after they were ambushed by gunmen travelling through Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state.