Aso Rock has just issued a statement saying the killers of two kidnapped foreigners – an Italian and a Briton – have been arrested and would be made to “face the full wrath of the law.”
The four-paragraph statement by presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, described the killing of the expatriates as unfortunate and regrettable, adding that the “Nigerian government would take every necessary step to protect the lives of foreigners in the country.”
Mr. Jonathan also expressed his country’s condolences to the families of the killed hostages as well as their home governments.
The statement did not provide details on the identities of the killers and where they are being held.
Read our earlier story on how the hostages were killed and how the effort to rescue them turned fatal.
Read full statement below
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
President Jonathan condemns killing of foreigners in Sokoto State
President Gooodluck Ebele Jonathan has condemned the killing of two kidnapped foreigners – an Italian and a British citizen – in Sokoto State Thursday, by their Boko Haram captors before they could be rescued by a joint security raid on the kidnappers’ hideout.
Describing their death as sad, unfortunate and regrettable, the President on behalf of the Nigerian government and on his own behalf, extends heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved and the people and government of Britain and Italy.
The President who particularly commended the cooperation and understanding of the British and Italian governments, assured that the perpetrators of the murderous act, who have all been arrested, would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
President Jonathan also assured that the Nigerian government would take every necessary step to protect the lives of foreigners in the country.
Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) to the President
March 8, 2012