Nigerian gunmen have released a British oil services worker who was kidnapped three weeks ago in the creeks of the Niger Delta, police said on Sunday. The British man, an employee of Nigerian engineering and construction services Adamac Industries Ltd., was seized on April 5 in the oil hub Port Harcourt. Gunmen killed one of his police escorts during the attack.

gunmen“The British hostage that was abducted earlier this month has been released. His abductors released him late yesterday. He is looking well,” said Rita Inoma-Abbey, police spokeswoman for Rivers state, of which Port Harcourt is the capital. More than 200 foreign workers have been abducted in the past three years, although most have been released after payment of a ransom.

The main militant group in the region, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has been holding British oil worker Matthew John Maguire hostage for seven months, an unusually long period for foreign hostages in Africa’s most populous country.



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