10 Abducted Turkish Nationals Regain Freedom

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Ten Turkish sailors who were kidnapped three weeks ago onboard a cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria in the troubled Niger Delta have been released.

The victims, many of whom were clad in pyjamas, were handed over to a representative of their company on Friday in Yenago, the Bayelsa State capital.

The 10 sailors were among 18 crew members on board a Turkish flagged Pakosy-I cargo vessel operated by shipping company Kadloglu Denizcilik, which was attacked by heavily armed suspected pirates.

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Channels Television gathered that the ship carrying no freight was on its way from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast when it came under attack on July 16 about 200 nautical miles off Nigerian waters.

However, the release of the sailors was secured following the intervention of a Niger Delta peace advocacy group, Riverine Peace Initiative in Niger Delta without any ransom paid.

The kidnappers, it was gathered, initially demanded N1billion but eventually set free their victim’s without any ransom paid following the intervention of the group and a prominent Ijaw leader.

The expatriates were said to have been dropped off at the riverside town of Otuogori in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, where they were rescued and brought to Yenagoa for onward journey to Abuja.

The lawyer to the shipping company, Selcuk Esenyel, who engaged the expertise of the Riverine Peace Initiative in Niger Delta to help facilitate the release of the kidnapped victims, thanked the group and others for their support during their trying moment.

He said, “I want to thank the Riverine Peace Initiative in Niger Delta for helping us throughout the time I was here in ensuring the rescue of our abducted nationals. They not only helped me but gave me the courage to go for my people and rescue them.

“We are leaving Nigeria with good memories. We don’t have bad memories. People are bad and good worldwide, everywhere but we did our best to save the kids from the bush.

“I want to once again thank Timi Alaibe for his assistance and for the peace organisation.”

Four Abducted Turkish Nationals In Kwara Regain Freedom

Four Abducted Turkish Nationals In Kwara Regain Freedom


The four Turkish nationals abducted in Kwara State have regained their freedom.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, received the men on Friday at the Police Headquarters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The victims, said to be construction workers, were abducted from a local bar on Saturday last week at Gbale village in Edu Local Government Area of the state.

They are Seyit Keklik (25), Yasin Colak (33), Ergun Yurdakul (35), and Senerapal (40).

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Addressing reporters on Friday, Mr Egbetokun explained that the police have been working round the clock with local vigilantes to secure the release of the victims.

He added that the effort led to the arrest of a member of the gang which kidnapped them on Thursday while another one was apprehended on Friday.

According to the police commissioner, this mounted pressure on the gang and forced them to release the captives unconditionally.

He disclosed that the kidnappers initially asked for a ransom of N400 million and later reduced their demand to N100 million.

Egbetokun, however, insisted that no ransom was paid for the release of the foreigners.

He noted that three suspects have been arrested so far while others were at large.

Meanwhile, a medical doctor was invited to examine the expatriates at the Command headquarters.

The police commissioner said the victims would be taken to Abuja after the doctor might have finished examining them.

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Gunmen Abduct Four Turkish Nationals In Kwara

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Armed men have kidnapped four Turkish nationals in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Police authorities in the state confirmed this incident to Channels Television on Sunday.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the foreigners were abducted at a drinking joint in Gbale village on Saturday night.

Those abducted were identified as Seyit Keklik (25), Yasin Colak (33), Ergun Yurdakul (35), and Senerapal (40).

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The victims are said to be construction workers.

According to Okasanmi, the Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has dispatched teams under Operation Puff Adder in the area to rescue the expatriates.

Egbetokun also asked security operatives to ensure that the kidnappers were arrested and brought to justice.

The Police Public Relations Officer told Channels Television that the rescue effort was already yielding positive results.