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Two Turkish construction workers abducted in Nigeria regain freedom

Xinhua, April 21, 2017 Adjust font size:

Police in Nigeria's southern state of Akwa Ibom said Friday it had rescued two Turkish nationals kidnapped in their hotel rooms at Eket area of the state.

The Turkish citizens are staff of BKS Construction Company in Onna Local Government Area.

Police chief in charge of the state Donald Awunah told reporters in Uyo, the state capital that the two expatriates were rescued along Oron/Calabar creeks on April 19.

He said five suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime.

"Following sustained Police activities in the waterways, deployment of technical platform, cultivation of actionable intelligence and skillful professional negotiation, the two Turkish gentlemen were released on April 19, 2017," he added.

According to him, the victims of crime have been reunited with their colleagues after medical assessment.

The police chief said the suspects would be arraigned after investigation.

Akwa Ibom is an oil producing state and a thriving hub of a new oil and gas business.

Abduction is common in Nigeria. The abduction of foreigners and high profile individuals in the country has been on the increase recently. Endit