Lagos - Gunmen have kidnapped a Lebanese national from a construction site in Edo State, where abductions for ransom occur frequently, authorities said on Tuesday.
The assailants kidnapped the employee with Lebanese-owned Setraco Nigeria Limited construction company in Benin City in the southern state of Edo on Monday, police spokesman Moses Eguavoen told AFP.
"The incident happened yesterday at about 10:00 am, and the police have commenced investigation," said Eguavoen.
He said he could not confirm initial reports that at least one soldier guarding the workers had been wounded or killed. A military spokesman in Edo state could not be reached.
A Setraco spokesman identified the victim as Sani Youssef and said he was not aware of a ransom being demanded.
It was unclear who was behind the attack.
In February, two Lebanese were abducted along with two Syrians, a Greek, an Italian and a Briton from another Setraco site in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi.
Islamist extremist group Ansaru later posted a video and a statement online announcing the hostages had been killed.