LAGOS, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Four Thai nationals abducted by unknown gunmen a week ago in southern Nigeria have been released, said authorities in the southern Rivers State on Saturday.
Emmanuel Chindah, the state commissioner for agriculture, told Xinhua on phone that the four Thais were released at about 2 a.m. local time in an undisclosed area by the gunmen.
He said the Thais are basically in good health condition. "We are taking them to hospital for proper medical check up," he said.
The four Thais were on their way to work at a fish farm on Aug. 9 in the southern state of Rivers when they were kidnapped.
Chindah told Xinhua that the state government does not support or pay ransom to kidnappers in any situation.
State police spokesperson Angela Agabe also confirmed that the four Thais were freed unharmed.
Agabe could not reveal whether ransom was paid to the kidnappers.
Abduction is not uncommon in Nigeria, where more than 500 Nigerians and foreigners have been seized in the oil-rich Niger Delta region since 2006. Almost all have been released unharmed after paying a ransom.