Among the group of seven men kidnapped after their vehicle was invaded in the South East of the country were three Australians working for Perth-based mining company in Nigeria. Fortunately for one of the group members, West Australian Tim Coot, he managed to escape along with a Nigerian driver.
However, his Nigerian driver was shot dead in a hold-up along the Akpabuyo district near the Cross Rivers State capital. The sad incident happened on Wednesday 22nd June about 7am local time.
According to Australian officials, a New Zealander, a South African, two Nigerians and three Australians were kidnapped in an ambush that led to the death of the Nigerian driver.
However, Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister confirmed the lucky escape of Mr. Coot.
“We are treating this extremely seriously as, I understand, is the Nigerian Government. We have some understanding of what occurred. Suffice to say there are seven people currently being held.”
The Commissioner of Police, Ozi-Obeh said that they were working with the Nigerian Navy to make that the victims were released unhurt. He further said that no ransom demand had been received.
Source: The West Australian