Kidnapped Briton released
… Abductors collect N65m ransom
A Briton, who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen and held hostage in one of the notorious creeks in Bayelsa State has been freed.
The Briton identified simply as Mark was set free on Thursday after his captors received N65 million ransom.
Mark, according to security sources, is an expatriate employed by Conoil.
The victim spent over two weeks in the kidnappers’ den before the ransom money pacified his abductors to grant him freedom.
Mark was abducted in an undisclosed circumstance and kept in one of the camps in Bayelsa creek for over 14 days, a security source said.
The source, who pleaded for anonymity, added that some hired negotiators engaged the kidnappers for prolonged haggling on ransom before a deal was struck.
He said the kidnappers initially demanded N500 million to release Mark.
“The negotiators started with N15million but the kidnappers who apparently knew the hostage value of their victim rejected the offer.
“Serious negotiation commenced between the hired negotiators and the kidnappers until they agreed on N65 million. The money was paid on Thursday and the Briton was released,” he said.