Police and community leaders have on Wednesday, confirmed the kidnap of four Britons by suspected militants in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
The four had been providing “free medical care and religious activities” in the Burutu area of Delta state, said Chief Theo Fakama, from the local Enukorowa community.
Fakama said locals were “saddened” by the kidnapping as the victims had “brought succour to residents of the community for the past three years”.
Confirming the kidnap, spokesman for the Delta state police command, Andrew Aniamaka, stated the kidnap occurred on October 13.
“The victims are of British nationality, two of whom are a couple, and have been rendering humanitarian services in the area for a while.
“But unfortunately, they didn’t let the authorities know of their presence in the area all this while.