Fate of 4 abducted Thai workers in Nigeria remains unknown

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BANGKOK, 12 Aug 2013,- Foreign Minister Surapong Tovijakchaikul has instructed all related agencies to quickly gather information regarding the Thai workers abducted in Nigeria, in the hope of finding clues that would lead to the rescuing of the 4 workers. Mr. Surapong has ordered Mr. Narong Sasithon, the Director General of Department of South Asian, Middle East and Africa Affairs, to urgently discuss with Mr. Sonchai Phaocharoen, the Thai Ambassador to Nigeria, the latest development in the case of the four abducted workers . The Foreign Minister has also urged the Nigerian Government to take into account the safety of the four before deciding on further action. The four Thai laborers were taken on Friday while they were on their way to the government-owned fish farm in Buguma, Nigeria’s Rivers State. The fate of the 4 kidnapped victims and the abductors’ demands are still unknown. Meanwhile, Department of Employment Director General Pravit Kiangpol said the identities of the four were unclear due to the fact that Thailand did not have a labor representative in Nigeria. According to Mr. Pravit, 264 Thai labors have been working in Nigeria since 2011. Most of them are working in the oil industry, and only 3 are working with a Thai farm in Negeria. These workers have either traveled to Nigeria by themselves or via employment agencies, he added. However, based on the database, the Employment Director General said it was possible that the abducted workers might not even be Thai nationals.