Sierra Leonean diplomat regains freedom
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.