The government is making every effort to secure the release of two Chinese
workers kidnapped in Nigeria as soon as possible, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu
Jianchao said on Tuesday, March 20.
Some armed men abducted the workers, employed by a Chinese company, in the
southern Nigerian state of Anambra on Saturday.
"The Chinese government has urged its Nigerian counterpart to make all
efforts to rescue the two workers. The Nigerian side has said it would do its
best to secure their release," Liu said.
The Ministry of Commerce is highly concerned over the
two Chinese workers kidnapped in Nigeria, the ministry's spokesman Wang Xinpei
said on Tuesday night.
The ministry asked the Nigerian side to
immediately take necessary measures to rescue the kidnapped workers, and take
concrete measures to protect Chinese citizens in Nigeria.
urged Chinese companies and citizens in Nigeria to pay attention to their own
safety and take precautions.
This is the third time in two and a half months that Chinese workers have
been abducted in Nigeria. On January 5, five Chinese working for Teleken
Engineering were kidnapped in Rivers State while installing equipment to upgrade
rural telephone services.
Teleken Engineering is a telecommunication company based in Southwest China's
Sichuan Province and a subsidiary of China Telecom.
The five workers were released on January 17.
Twenty days later, gunmen abducted nine Chinese workers from the office of
China National Petroleum Corp. The workers were part of a team conducting a
seismic study in the Sagbama area of Bayelsa state in southern Nigeria. One
attacker was killed in the incident.
The workers were freed after 11 days of ordeal and reached Beijing on
The Foreign Ministry posts warnings on its website regularly to keep Chinese
travelers informed of the risks overseas.
Liu Jianchao urged Chinese companies, workers and students overseas to take
pre-emptive measures to avoid such situations.