Thursday, May 8, 2014

Nigeria: Kidnappers of Three Dutch Nationals Demand Ransom of N500,000,000 (US$31,000)

The kidnappers of three Dutch nationals along the waterways of the Niger Delta have demanded N500 million (US$31,000) as ransom for the release of the three non-governmental organization (NGO) staff who were kidnapped on Sunday (May 4).

The kidnappers also insisted that the ransom must be paid, preferably in euros or dollars.

The three Dutch citizens were abducted along the creeks of the Delta in Letugbene community in Ekeremor.

The abducted Dutch nationals have been identified as Erhard Leffers, Marianne Vos and Jan André Groenendijk.

COMMENT: Reacting to the abduction, the Bayelsa state government condemned the kidnapping of the Dutch nationals, one of whom is a woman.

Nigerian police do not have a stellar record of effectively managing kidnappings, particularly considering that the majority of foreigners working in the country are particularly at risk.