Nigeria assures envoys after diplomat kidnapped

Sierra Leone Deputy High Commissioner to NigeriaEMEKA OKONKWO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA has assured foreign diplomats of their safety in the wake of the abduction of a Sierra Leone envoy.

Armed men recently kidnapped Sierra Leone Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Maj. Gen. Alfred Claude-Nelson, in Kaduna and demanded US$40 million (R576,3 million) in ransom.

Following the arrest of some suspects in connection with the abduction, and the rescue of Claude-Nelson, police have pledged the safety of envoys.

“Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris assures all members of the diplomatic community of their safety and adequate security in Nigeria,” said police spokesman, Don Awunah.

On Tuesday, the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police arrested the culprits in Kaduna as part of a coordinated operation based on intelligence and technical support.

The suspects are aged between 20 and 45.

According to, the modus operandi of these criminal elements includes mounting road blocks on highways in military uniforms, surprise attack on unsuspecting motorist and relocating from one point to other in the forest with their victims to avoid detection and arrest.

It could not be ascertained if ransom was paid for the rescue of Claude-Nelson.

CAJ News


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