Nigeria police ‘conducting search-and-rescue for kidnapped Sierra-Leonean diplomat’

The Nigeria Police on Friday said they have commenced a search and rescue operation for an abducted Sierra Leonean Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Alfred Nelson-Williams.

Mr. Nelson, a retired major general, was reportedly abducted along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway while travelling to attend a graduation ceremony at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, on Friday.

Confirming the development to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview, the Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, said the acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had been briefed about the development.
He said the IG had immediately dispatched a special team to ensure Mr. Nelson is rescued.

“The police have confirmed the unfortunate abduction of the senior diplomat and the IGP has commenced rescue operation,” Mr. Awunah said. “By tomorrow morning, there would be air surveillance and everything possible would be done to rescue him.”

PREMIUM TIMES efforts to reach Sierra Leonean Embassy for comments for this story proved abortive.

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