Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Foreigners abducted in Kaduna regain freedom after three days

Kidnappers Abducted Canadians Americans freed
Patty Aguilar | 20 January, 2018, 17:23

Two Americans and two Canadians have been freed after being kidnapped in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a police spokesman said on Saturday.

The gunmen killed two policemen and whisked away the expatriates.

Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesperson for Kaduna state police, said they were released Friday night after being kidnapped on January 17.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh confirmed their release on Saturday morning.

The police commissioner said one person was arrested in connection with the incident, adding that the police were on the trail of the remaining suspects to bring them to justice.

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"The development followed a massive manhunt of the abductors by men of the Command and the Inspector General of Police Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad", he said.

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

"They have been handed over to the American Embassy in Abuja for medical attention and other immediate needs, our source said".

The statement listed the name of the foreigners as Nate Vangeest (Canada), John Kirlin, (USA) Rachel Kelly (Canada) and Dean Slocum (USA).

He said efforts were ongoing to arrest other suspects still at large.

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