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Sierra Leonean Diplomat Kidnapped Friday, Freed


A diplomat of Sierra Leone descent, Alfred Nelson-Williams, who was kidnapped on his way from Abuja to Kaduna last Friday, has been freed.
The police said in Abuja on Tuesday that he has since been reunited with his family.
“The diplomat has been reunited with the Sierra Leonean High Commissioner and his family,” said Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah.
“We were able to locate where he was kept at about 1500 hours (3pm). He is in sound health.”
Further details about the circumstances of his release were not immediately available and it was not known whether a ransom was paid before he was released.
An unconfirmed report said that the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of $40m before he could be freed.
Nelson-Williams, Freetown’s Defence attache and Deputy Head of the country’s mission in Abuja, was abducted last Friday while travelling to Kaduna for a military passing out parade.
Sierra Leone sent a special envoy to Abuja to act as an intermediary and open a line of communication between the kidnappers and the High Commission, Sierra Leonean presidential spokesman, Abdulai Baytraytay, said on Monday.


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