The police yesterday said they were searching for a British construction worker they believed was kidnapped inl Plateau State.
The search began after the man failed to show up for work on Saturday morning, said Captain Ikedichi Iweha, a spokesman for the Special Task Force, which is made up of both military and police personnel. Iweha declined to give further details.
It was not known whether the alleged kidnappers were members of terrorist group, Boko Haram or just bandits.
Boko Haram gained worldwide attention when it abducted more than 200 girls from a school in the North-east of Nigeria in April.
According to Reuters, no one was immediately available for comment at the British High Commission in the Abuja.
The kidnapping of expatriates by armed gangs seeking ransom money had long been rife in Nigeria's oil-producing South-south.
However, abduction of foreigners in the mainly Muslim North for ideological reasons are also becoming more common.