Abuja - A British national was kidnapped in Lagos shortly after arriving at airport, the British High Commission said.
Gunmen attacked a four-wheel drive car at around 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday after it left the airport's international terminal, kidnapping a British man who was returning to a residential area of Lagos, two security sources told Reuters.
The driver of the vehicle was shot but survived, the sources said.
"The BHM is working closely with others to secure the release of the hostage," the British High Commission said in a statement. "Because of the nature of this incident, the BHM is not going into further detail about it."
Major companies with British connections operating in Nigeria include oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, British Airways, Unilever and PricewaterhouseCoopers. There was no indication of where the kidnapped man was employed.
Kidnapping of expatriates by armed gangs seeking ransom has long been rife in the oil producing southeast but is rarer in Lagos.
A British businessman was kidnapped in March in an upmarket district of Lagos but was released four days later. It was not clear if a ransom was paid.
In the north, kidnappings of foreigners for ideological motives by Islamist groups have taken a deadlier turn.
Islamist group Ansaru killed seven foreign hostages in March, authorities from some of the affected countries said.