A British national has been kidnapped shortly after landing at Lagos International Airport in Nigeria, the British High Commission has revealed.
Gunmen targeted a four-wheel drive car at around 8.30pm on Tuesday after it left the airport’s international terminal, seizing the British man who was returning to a residential area of Lagos, according to security sources.
The Nigerian driver of the vehicle was shot but survived.
In a statement, the British High Commission (BHM) said: “The BHM is working closely with others to secure the release of the hostage”.
“Because of the nature of this incident, the BHM is not going into further detail about it.”
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “We are aware of reports of a missing person and are liaising with Nigerian authorities.”
The identity of the kidnapped person is yet to be revealed.
Kidnapping of expatriates and Nigerians by armed gangs seeking ransom has been rife in Nigeria’s oil producing southeast, but is rarer in Lagos where most foreigners live.
Barely four months ago, however, a British National was kidnapped also in Lagos but released shortly afterwards.
Risk analysts Drum Cussac have reported a “noticeable upsurge” in the number of kidnappings in the southwest of the country, including Lagos.
The consultancy said: “Foreign nationals were targeted in the affluent Lagos areas of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Epe-Lekki, sparking speculation that organised criminal gangs have renewed their focus on the city’s upscale districts given their relatively permissive security environments.”