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Released Briton pleads for privacy

22 July 2013, 15:01

Abuja - The British national who was kidnapped last week on arrival at Nigeria's Lagos International Airport and later released this past weekend appealed for privacy as he recovered from the ordeal.

“We can confirm the release of a British national on Sunday 21 July in Nigeria, following his abduction on 16 July.

"Both he and his family have asked that their privacy be respected as they come to terms with their ordeal,” a spokesman of the British High Commission told this agency in Abuja on Monday afternoon.

According to security sources gunmen who attacked his four-wheel-drive car after it left the airport's international terminal and heading to a residential area of Lagos.

His Nigerian driver was shot in the hand.

Meanwhile the High Commission cautioned British citizens travelling to Nigeria of "high levels of violent street crime (muggings, kidnappings, car-jackings and armed robbery) in the south of the country, even in comparatively safe areas of Lagos.”

“Criminals have targeted visiting British nationals as their perceived wealth makes them an attractive victim," stated the High Commission, It urged visitors to be vigilant at all times and limit road travel at night.

It warned visitors to avoid carrying large amounts of cash and wearing expensive jewellery.

- CAJ News


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