Alberta woman kidnapped in Nigeria
A woman from Drayton Valley, Alta., has been reported missing and is presumed to have been kidnapped in Nigeria.
Julie Ann Mulligan, 45, was on a Rotary Club exchange to the West African country along with four other Rotary members from northern Alberta when she was abducted in the city of Kaduna on Thursday night.
A Nigerian police official said that Mulligan and another man were returning from a meeting when armed men in a car blocked their way and took her.
Kaduna was one of six Nigerian cities the group was visiting on its one-month trip, which started in early April.
Mulligan was team leader for the group and wrote an article about the upcoming trip for a Rotary Club newsletter.
"Having been in … Africa last fall, I am thrilled to go back," she wrote. "The African people have a way of climbing right into your heart."
Mulligan worked for Sun Life Financial. The company said the information they have about her situation is limited.
"Our thoughts are with the family, and we hope for a safe return," said Sun Life spokesperson Steve Kee.
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Lisa Monette would only confirm to CBC News that a Canadian is missing and presumed kidnapped in Nigeria.
The other people travelling with Mulligan were safely taken out of the Nigeria, said Ross Tyson, district governor of Rotary International.
With files from The Canadian Press