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Nigeria Police Confirm Kidnap Of Argentinian

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigeria Police on Thursday confirmed the kidnap of an Argentinian national, Santiago Lopez Menendez, near a farm where he was working in the North Central state of Niger state.

The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Olusola Amore, who confirmed this to AFP said Menendez was seized on Wednesday in the town of Machagu while travelling through the Mokwa -Kontagora road in the west of the state.

The South American, an agronomist, worked for Nigerian Flour Mills Plc managing two farms in the Sunti and Kabbugi districts of Niger state.

On the likely reason the Argentinian was kidnap, Amore said, “We normally provide protection for all foreigners working on farms and elsewhere in the state. But Menendez chose to travel alone on the bad road without police protection and they kidnapped him.”

Niger State police spokesman, Bala Elkana, said the potholed road where the kidnapping took place was usually plied by motorcyclists because it is “hardly motorable”.

Abductions have previously occurred on the road, he added.

Security officials were scheduled to meet this week to tackle the problem of crime in the area, he added.

“We are closing in on the abductors and we are very hopeful to rescue the foreigner,” said Elkana.

Argentinian press reports on Wednesday quoted Menendez’s sister and the government in Buenos Aires as confirming the kidnapping.

Kidnapping of foreigners for ransom is common in the oil-rich southern part of Nigeria, with victims usually released unharmed once a ransom is paid.

Meanwhile the police has deployed at least 10 patrol vans and a special anti-kidnapping team to rescue him.