Friday, March 9, 2012

President Goodluck Jonathan condemns killing of hostages, Kidnappers arrested

President Gooodluck Jonathan has condemned the killing of two kidnapped foreigners - an Italian, Franco Lamolinara, and a Briton, Chris McManus, in Sokoto State on Thursday, March 8, 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, extended heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved and the people and government of Italy and Britain.

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.

Nigeria First

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