Four foreign Nationals that were kidnapped on Tuesday along Jere-Kagarko have been rescued by the Nigerian Police after a successful mission. The Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team announced that it rescued two Americans and two Canadians during the mission but lost two policemen during the cross exchange of gunfire with the kidnappers.
ACP Abba Kyari, who was identified as the commander of the rescue team also confirmed the rescue operation t newsmen in Lagos, Nigeria and said that two of the suspected were caught alive and were now in custody of the Police force.
ACP Kyari gave details of the operation and disclosed that the mission was carried out by a combined team of IRT, Counter Terrorism Unit and members of the Kaduna State Police Command deployed by the inspector-General of police.
“We rescued four foreign nationals; Two Americans and two Canadian citizens, three males and one female in fairly good health around 7:30 am on January 20th. Those rescued are; Nate Vangeest and Rachel Kelley from Canada as well as John Kirlin and Dean Slocum from the United States of America.”
“The rescued foreign nationals have been handed over to the American embassy in Abuja for medical attention and other immediate needs,” the statement concluded.The commander further informed the general public that the two culprits in custody as a result of the successful rescue operation were contributing efforts to arrest the others who were at large.
Police officials were escorting the four foreign nationals through Kaduna State on Tuesday night when they were ambushed on the highway in Kagarko. After a gunfire that resulted in casualties and injuries of the police escorts, the gunmen abducted the foreign nationals and took off. Kaduna State commissioner Agyole Abeh has informed that there was no ransom paid for the release of the foreign nationals.
An official of the United States’ Department of State said that the office was aware of reports that the two U.S nationals that were kidnapped in Nigeria had been released and that safety and security of U.S citizens overseas are top priorities and they would comment no further because the privacy of the victims must be considered.
Also, a spokesperson from Global Affairs, Canada confirmed that two of their nationals were freed from their abductors in Nigeria. “We are very pleased that all individuals involved have been released and are safe. Canadian officials worked closely with Nigerian government officials on the ground to ensure the best possible outcome”