China attaches 'highest importance' to freeing Nigeria abductees
BEIJING, (AFP) China on Saturday ordered its foreign ministry and its
embassy in Nigeria to "give all their efforts" to free five Chinese
telecommunications workers taken hostage a day earlier in the African
"China's leaders attach the highest importance to this," Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement released
"President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have ordered the Foreign
Ministry and China's embassy in Nigeria to find a way to ensure the
lives and safety of the abductees and give all their efforts to save
The five workers were abducted in Nigeria's oil-rich yet
unrest-plagued southern Niger Delta by unidentified armed men.
No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility.
The Chinese spokesman said relevant Chinese officials were "actively
cooperating" with their Nigerian counterparts in the effort to secure
the release of the workers.