3 abducted Dutch nationals regain freedom in Bayelsa

The three Dutch nationals, who were kidnapped by unknown gunmenat Letugbene in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, were released on Saturday night, the police said on Sunday.

Mr Alex Akhogbe, the Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa State, confirmed the release of the Dutch nationals in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa.

“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Hilary Okpara, handed the Dutch nationals over to Mr John Groffen, the Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria, on Saturday night, at the Police Headquarters in Yenagoa.

“They were freed earlier in the Southern Ijaw council area and were handed over immediately to the ambassador by the Commissioner of Police after a debriefing.

“Afterwards, they were taken to the Government House in Yenagoa,” he said.

He said that the abducted men were on a fact-finding mission to the Dodo River communities and visited Amatu Cottage Hospital built by Chevron.

The police spokesman said the Dutch nationals were returning to Warri in Delta, when they were seized by some armed men.

NAN recalled that the Dutch nationals: Erhard Leffers, Marianne Hendricks-Vos and Yandries Groenenedijk, were kidnapped alongside two Nigerians on May 4.

The two Nigerians: Sunny Ofehe and Femi Soewu, were, however, reportedly set free on May 5.

NAN gathered that the foreign nationals were released at Ekeni Community in Southern Ijaw council area.

The police spokesman said no ransom was negotiated with the abductors.

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