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German engineer kidnapped in Nigeria

The Local · 27 Jan 2012, 10:56

Published: 27 Jan 2012 10:56 GMT+01:00

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A driver along with two other assailants "came and abducted the engineer Raupach Edgar," said police spokesman Magaji Majia. "They came and handcuffed him and put him in the boot and zoomed away."

A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said that a crisis team had been formed and that it was working together with the local embassy to investigate the kidnapping. The embassy has declined to comment on the case as yet.

A spokesman for Rhineland-based construction company Bilfinger Berger said Thursday evening that there were indications that one of their employees in Nigeria had been kidnapped.

It is not clear yet whether the kidnappers are simply criminals, or members of the radical Islamist Boko Haram sect, responsible for a series of terrorist attacks in Nigeria in recent weeks, including a bombing that killed around 190 people last Friday.

According to a report in the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper, several Bilfinger Berger workers have been kidnapped in Nigeria in the past, including four cases between 2005 and 2008. All of them were eventually let go unharmed, though no details have been disclosed about the circumstances of their releases.

The report also says that Nigeria has been an important market for the Mannheim-based company for several decades, having built and roads and football stadiums in the country, though CEO Roland Koch announced recently that work in Nigeria would be rolled back significantly.

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Your comments about this article

11:55 January 27, 2012 by raandy
These 3rd world nations and emerging nations are all dangerous to westerners. I would never consider taking my family to any and would doubt that I would accept an assignment myself.
16:11 January 28, 2012 by Summer Dreams
3 world countries are not dangerous to westerners at all.

we are kings in Africa and any western person who comes there and tastes the cash will never leave there

a lot of Germans live in Nigeria like kings, they drive the best cars and live in mansions which they would never be able to afford in Europe, they have servants, cook, drivers and many workers which is imposiible in europe.

the reason you would never come to work and live in a 3rd world country is because you are programmed to be poor, also you have never seen money in your lifetime and maybe your kids will have the opportunity to benefit form the emerging economies.

just pay ur taxes, take ur home loans and benefits and stay programmed like a intel celeron chip
16:19 January 28, 2012 by storymann
c/p from Reuters,,," Gun and bomb attacks by Islamist insurgents in the northern Nigerian city of Kano last week killed at least 178 people, a hospital doctor said on Sunday, underscoring the challenge President Goodluck Jonathan faces to prevent his country sliding further into chaos."

And you don't believe this is a dangerous place to reside or vacation?

I will remain poor and well like an intel celeron chip .I will leave the kingdom of Nigeria to the Kings.
16:23 January 28, 2012 by Summer Dreams
read the script, kidnapped worker were let go unharmed.

you so called western companies just come to rape our country take the loot and enjoy our weather while the natives starve and drown in crude oil.

pls look at what shell is doing in the niger delta, is that how western values operate?

do we have to blast till you recognise? its very annoying
17:02 January 28, 2012 by storymann
Your country is rife with corruption, child labor and internal wars.

Blame your leaders who are in bed with Shell and other companies that as you say are raping your country.
17:35 January 28, 2012 by Summer Dreams
I will blame the leaders for corruption definitely.

but please do not sit there and talk bad about 3rd world countries, you do not know much about the situation. for example"These 3rd world nations and emerging nations are all dangerous to westerners."

how can you be so short sighted? why are we dangerous to westerners?

we provide your country with jobs, we import your products, e.g cars machines etc.

we even provide cheap labor, i mean dont be so mean to just conclude about emerging nations that we hate the west after all the west has not done so much to pay back for all the resources it has utilized from Nigeria.

just punch in shell and niger delta on youtube and imagine if your kids were Nigerians will you support the west?

think with your head not your heart.
17:58 January 28, 2012 by storymann
easily, I read the news.
18:04 January 28, 2012 by Summer Dreams
carry on reading then.
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