No contact from South African's kidnappers in Nigeria

The abductors of a South African citizen in Nigeria had not made contact with any authorities by Tuesday morning, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Kingsley Mamabolo, said.

“It is a waiting game and we continue to pray for the safety of our citizen,” said Mamabolo.

He said the abductors had not made contact with either the Nigerian authorities or the High Commission in Abuja.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRC) said it could confirm that a South African was kidnapped in Nigeria but could not give any more information.

Beeld reported that Nick Greyling, a sound engineer for SuperSport, was abducted along with two Nigerian commentators and a cameraman when their bus was attacked on Monday.

They were travelling from Owerri to Lagos when the personnel bus they were travelling in was attacked.

The DIRC could not confirm his name nor the location where the abduction took place.

“We don’t have the consent of the person or the family involved to confirm the name,” said DIRC spokesperson Nomfanelo Kota.

Greyling was the son-in-law of the RSG radio personality Johann Russouw, reported Beeld.

Mamabolo said the DIRC continued to render consular assistance to the family.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult moment,” he said.

“The DIRC media liaison section will advise the media on further developments in this matter as and when new information becomes available from Nigeria.”—Sapa

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