Abductors release Indian in Nigeria
Mammen was abducted on Thursday along with two other foreign nationals from Port Harcourt.india Updated: May 13, 2006 10:52 IST
An Indian worker, abducted by unidentified gunmen from a town in southern Nigeria, was released Friday along with two other foreign nationals.
Mammen was working for Saipem, an affiliate of ENI SPA, an Italian energy company. He was kidnapped on Thursday along with two other foreign nationals from Port Harcourt - the hub of Nigeria's oil industry.
Officials of ENI said the men are in good condition. It is, however, unclear whether ransom was paid to secure their release.
Indian high commissioner to Nigeria Harihara Viswanathan on Friday met Nigerian Foreign Minister Oluyemi Adeniji and other senior ministers in the country's capital Abuja and discussed ways to secure Mammen's early release.
Two senior officials from the high commission were sent for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.
Mammen came to Nigeria from Kerala, sources said. There was, however, no official conformation about his antecedents.
It was the second attack in about 24 hours on foreigners in Port Harcourt, where many international oil-services companies base their main Nigerian operations.
An American national was shot dead on Wednesday at the offices of the US drilling equipment maker Baker Hughes Inc.