Nigeria police rescue kidnapped Lebanese, kill six

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Nigerian police freed a Lebanese worker kidnapped from a building site on the edge of a lagoon in the commercial hub of Lagos, killing six of the abductors in the process, a police spokesman and security sources said on Sunday.
Reuters adds officers also recovered the $230,000 ransom paid to the kidnappers who, dressed as policemen, had last Monday tried to abduct two foreigners from a bank construction site at the water’s edge on Victoria Island, one of the most exclusive and expensive districts of Lagos, but one managed to escape.
The kidnappers had arrived the construction site in a speedboat, sources said.
“Our men tactically engaged the kidnappers in a gun-battle after they collected a ransom of 30 million naira. They rescued the captive unharmed and also recovered the 30 million naira ransom,” Lagos police spokesman Frank Mba said.
“Unfortunately, six of the kidnappers were killed in the gun-battle.”
Such kidnappings by gunmen in speedboats are common in the creeks of the oil-producing Niger Delta, the heartland of Africa’s oil and gas industry, but are rare in Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city of around 14 million people, spread over a series of lagoons on the tip of the Atlantic.
Many international oil multinationals and other companies have moved expatriate staff from the restive southern delta to Lagos in recent years because of the worsening security situation in the region.
Nigeria’s main oil unions have also repeatedly threatened to launch potentially crippling strikes to protest against the insecurity in the volatile region that accounts for nearly all of Nigeria’s oil output.