Police in Nigeria’s southern Delta state said they killed one suspect and arrested two others accused of involvement in the kidnapping last month of four Britons.
Three of the British hostages, who were taken by gunmen on Oct. 13, were released earlier this week after negotiations, but a fourth, Ian Squire was killed.
Delta state police spokesman Andrew Aniamaka said officers arrested two suspects and killed a third after he opened fire, wounding two officers.
Aniamaka said two other suspects who were arrested previously led police to the three men.
Kidnapping for ransom is common in parts of Nigeria, including the Delta region that produces the bulk of the country’s crude oil, but is mired in poverty and plagued by criminal and militant activity.
Dr Ian Squire, the 57-year old British optician was on his fourth visit to Burutu, Delta State in Nigeria’s South, on health charity work, when he was kidnapped on 13 October.
He did not survive it. The British Foreign Office announced his death on Monday.
The despicable kidnappers captured him and three other Britons from their accommodation, to demand ransom.
While they released three others, they killed Squire, a man who had left his thriving practice in Shepperton Surrey, to offer succor and sight to poor Nigerians.
He and the three colleagues, David Donovan, his wife Shirley and Alanna Carson captured with him were in Nigeria to offer cataract operations and eye check-ups to Delta people.
What a deplorable way to reward a ‘lovely, quiet man who only wanted to help the Nigerian poor’!