Sierra Leonean diplo­mat re­gains free­dom

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Deputy High Com­mis­sioner of Sierra Leone in Nige­ria, Ma­jor Gen­eral Alfred Claude Nel­son Williams, who was kid­napped along Abuja-Kaduna road on Fri­day, has re­gained his free­dom, the Nige­rian po­lice said yes­ter­day.

A state­ment by po­lice spokesman DCP Don Awu­nah said the diplo­mat has since been re­united with the High Com­mis­sion and his fam­ily in Abuja.

He added that Williams was re­leased at about 4 pm yes­ter­day along Abuja-Kaduna road fol­low­ing cred­i­ble in­tel­li­gence and tech­ni­cal sup­port.

He said there were in­tense po­lice ac­tiv­i­ties on both land and air pa­trol within the area.

Awu­nah also said IGP Ibrahim Idris re­as­sured mem­bers of the Diplo­matic Corps and other for­eign na­tion­als of their safety and se­cu­rity in Nige­ria.

The po­lice did not say whether the N44m ran­som re­port­edly de­manded by the ab­duc­tors paid be­fore the re­lease of the diplo­mat.

Daily Trust re­calls that kid­nap­ping along the Kaduna-Abuja road has be­come very ram­pant which made the for­mer In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Solomon Arase to de­ploy AIG Bal­lah Nasarawa to Kaduna to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion.

The po­lice also ar­rested about 17 sus­pects for kid­nap­ping and armed rob­bery in the state re­cently.

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