One of the four British national, abducted in Nigeria on October 13, by Niger Delta militants in Delta State, identified as Ian Squire has died in captivity, while the other three who were taken along with him were freed and returned to Britain.
The British High Commission confirmed that Ian Squire along with Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan were kidnapped at about 2 am on October 13, prompting the Nigerian Government and the British High Commission to launch a spirited bid to free them.
However, security source said that contrary to reports that the Briton was killed by his abductors, he died from complications of asthma and diabetics.
Meanwhile, the family of the deceased in a joint statement with the Foreign Office, said they are delighted that Alanna, David and Shirley have returned home safely after their kidnapped but are trying to come to terms with the sad death of Ian.
“We are grateful for the support received by the British High Commission and the help from the Nigerian authorities in negotiating their release. This has been a traumatic time for our loved ones who were kidnapped and for their families and friends here in the UK. We would, therefore ask that the media respect our privacy as we come to terms with the news. We will not be making any further comment”, the family said.
According to the Foreign Office, the family of the abductees will be supported adding that it has been a traumatic time for all concerned and the staff will continue to do all they could to support the families.