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Canadians, 2 Americans freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police say

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Ellis Copeland | 21 January, 2018, 02:15

THE Kaduna state Police command has confirmed the released of four foreign national kidnapped along Jere-Kagarko in Kaduna state.

In a separate incident, police in the Delta state said five Nigerian oil workers from local firm Sahara Energy were kidnapped on Thursday.

The American and Canadian are investors setting up solar stations in villages around Kafanchan, Aliyu said.

The Americans and Canadians were all in good health, AFP quoted a police spokesman as saying.

"Two suspects have been arrested and efforts are being made to arrest other members of the gang", the source told The PUNCH.

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The four North Americans - whose identities have not been disclosed - were on private business in Kaduna when they were snatched on the road from the town of Kafanchan to the capital Abuja.

Kidnapping, usually for ransom, is common in parts of Nigeria, though abductors usually target other Nigerians. However, abductions of foreigners are not uncommon.

"The two police escorts attached to them engaged the kidnappers in a fierce gun battle, which resulted in the unfortunate death of the two police officers", Aliyu said.

Security on the route came under intense scrutiny previous year when the federal government announced the closure of the capital's only airport for essential runway repairs.

The Abuja-Kaduna road has always been a haunt for kidnappers.

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