Gunmen riding on motorcycles yesterday kidnapped a German national in Adamawa State.
“Security agents are working assiduously to track down the kidnappers and free the hostage,” Adamawa police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, said of the early morning abduction in the town of Gombi, while confirming the victim’s nationality.
A German foreign ministry spokesman told AFP that he was aware of the case” but declined to comment further.
Residents in Gombi, roughly 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, identified the hostage as an instructor at a government-run technical training centre.
They said about 20 gunmen attacked him outside his home in the Anguwan Faransa (French quarters) neighbourhood as he left for work.
“The kidnappers were riding on 10 motorcycles, two on each, and laid ambush around the house of the German expatriate,” a resident, Yakubu Jauro, who lives in the same area said. While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the initial blame would likely fall on Boko Haram.
An offshoot of Boko Haram, known as Ansaru, had also claimed the kidnapping of at least eight foreigners in northern Nigeria since 2012, as the group has been largely dormant for more than a year.