Nigerian Police Arrest 2 Suspects in British Missionaries Kidnapping

ICC Note

So far the Nigerian police have been able to identify and arrest 2 suspects in the kidnapping of 4 British missionaries who regained their freedom last week. A third accomplice was killed during a shootout between the police and the individuals. This is an important step in ending the problem of kidnaps for ransom in Nigeria. They have become more prevalent in recent months, especially against Christians and foreigners. It is encouraging to see the Nigerian Government working hard to end this practice.

 

2017-11-12 Nigeria (WashingtonPost) Nigerian police say two suspects in the abduction of four British missionaries have been arrested while a third was killed in a shootout.

State police spokesman Andrew Aniamaka said Thursday that the suspects were arrested in Nigeria’s oil hub of Warri on Wednesday.

The Britons were working for a Christian medical charity providing free services to residents living near isolated Niger Delta creeks when they were kidnapped in mid-October.

U.K. authorities have said three of the missionaries were released, but the fourth — Dr. Ian Squire — was killed.

Kidnappings for ransom are common in Nigeria. A number of high-profile abductions have been carried out by militants in the Niger Delta region and by the Islamist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

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