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Indian school principal falls victim of kidnap in Nigeria

An Indian principal of a school in Nigeria’s restive southern delta region, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen who sped off with her after killing her driver and a police escort.

Lakshmi Tombush, the principal of Mobil Pegasus Schools in Akwa Ibom State, was kidnapped on Thursday but the kidnappers are yet to establish contact with her family or demand ransom, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said in a report.

The school she works for is sponsored by oil firm ExxonMobil in the poor region where militants are running a campaign against foreign companies, demanding a better distribution of oil revenue.

The gunmen blocked the principal’s car early morning on Wednesday in Eket, before killing a policeman attached to her as well as her driver, leaving their bodies abandoned in the vehicle.

Akwa Ibom State Police Command spokesman ASP Onyeka Orji was quoted as saying by the agency that police was already on the trail of the kidnappers and that investigation was in progress.