No Filipino in Nigeria abduction incident, says DFA

A+
A
A-

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday clarified that there was no Filipino worker among foreigners abducted in Nigeria over the weekend.

In a statement, DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the Lebanese employer of foreign workers kidnapped in Northern Nigeria on Saturday informed the Philippine Embassy in Abuja that no Filipino was abducted.

“The Human Resource Officer of Setraco, the Lebanese employer of the kidnapped foreign workers, informed our embassy in Abuja, Nigeria that no Filipino was kidnapped from their site in the town of Jama’are in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi, contrary to the report of some news organization,” Hernandez said in a statement.

Reports from Nigeria earlier said a Filipino was among seven foreign workers of Setraco, a Lebanese-owned construction firm, who were abducted in an attack on Saturday.

An Islamic extremist group called Ansaru on Monday claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the workers, reportedly including citizens of the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy and Lebanon.

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94

editors' picks

advertisement
advertisement