Nigeria Police Disclose Release Of Kidnapped Americans, Canadians

Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Agyole Abeh, has confirmed the release of four foreigners – two Americans and two Canadians who kidnapped on Tuesday by some gunmen along the Kwoi-Jere Road in Kaduna State on their way to Abuja from Kafanchan.

Abeh, said the exercise leading to their release was carried out by a joint force of the Kaduna State police command and the Inspector General of police Special Anti-kidnappingsquad but disclosed that one suspect was arrested, the police were still trailing others.

The police boss however, called for the support of members of the public with useful information.

The foreigners are four men and a woman. They are Nate Vangeest and Rachel Kelley (female), Canada, and John Kirlin and Dean Slocum, U.S.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, who heads the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) had unveiled the identities of the victims at a press conference in Lagos on Saturday.

His words: “Those rescued are: Nate Vangeest and Rachel Kelley (female), Canada, as well as John Kirlin and Dean Slocum, U.S.

“We rescued the two Americans and two Canadian citizens, three males and one female in fairly good health around 7:30 a.m. today, January 20.

“The victims have been handed over to the American Embassy in Abuja for medical attention and other immediate needs,’’ Kyari said.

He also disclosed that the rescue exercise was carried out by a combined team of IRT, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and the Kaduna Police Command deployed by the Inspector-General of Police.

Kyari said already, two of the suspected kidnappers had been arrested while the police were on the trail of others who escaped.

Recall that the two policemen escorting the foreigners were were killed by the gunmen.

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