Expatriates Kidnapped In Gabon, Nigerian Negotiators Regain Freedom


Expatriates abducted in Gabon and Nigerian negotiators have been released from their captors.

They were freed on Saturday in Tombia, a creek in Bille waterways, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The victims included six Chinese, three Indonesians, one Gabonese and four Nigerians that had gone to facilitate their release.

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Men of the 29 Battalion, Nigeria Army with support from local vigilante, took part in the operation.

Commanding Officer, 29 Battalion, Lt. Col. Mohammed Yahaya, spoke to reporters at the 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Bori Camp in Port Harcourt.

The officer disclosed that a ransom of $300,000 was paid before the military intervened.

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“As they were about bringing them out of the creeks, they had issues that made them even susceptible to kidnapping again.

“Men of the 29 Battalion, under the 6 Division, in conjunction with local vigilantes launched an operation and were able to rescue them.

“They have a trolley, Socipeg, registered in Gabon. It was in the course of their fishing activities that they were kidnapped,” Yahaya said.

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All the former hostages were handed over to the Department of State Services (DSS). The agency will carry out further investigation.


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