Kidnapped Americans, Canadians Rescued in Nigeria, Police Say

21 January, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Kidnapped Americans, Canadians Rescued in Nigeria, Police Say

In a separate incident, police in the Delta state said five Nigerian oil workers from local firm Sahara Energy were kidnapped on Thursday.

Two Americans and two Canadians who were abducted by gunmen in northern Nigeria this week have been rescued, a police official said Saturday.

Kidnapping, usually for ransom, is common in parts of Nigeria, though abductors usually target other Nigerians. However, abductions of foreigners are not uncommon.

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The Abuja-Kaduna road has always been a haunt for kidnappers.

State police spokesman Mukhtar Aliyu told reporters that the kidnap victims have been taken to the Nigerian capital, Abuja, and are undergoing medical observation.

This was even as it said two of the Kidnappers have been arrested and now helping the police in its investigation.

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Aliya said the kidnapped foreigners are investors who were setting up solar stations in villages around Kafanchan, a town in southern Kaduna State.

"I can not confirm if there have been negotiations or a ransom paid", Aliyu added.

Kidnapping has always been a problem in Nigeria's southern states, where high-profile individuals, including the families of prominent politicians, are regularly seized. Two German archaeologists were abducted in the region last February; they were later freed.

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The British government announced the following month that one of the hostages was killed, but the three others were freed.

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