Ian Squire, died in the hands of his abductors in Southern Nigeria
WARRI- While the Nigerian security to brass is yet to make a formal statement on the condition of the British volunteer health worker, Mr. Ian Squire, one of the four missionaries kidnapped in Delta state, in October who died in the hands of his abductors from Southern Nigeria.The factional leader of Ijaw youths council (IYC) Mr. Eric Omare today (Tuesday) in a press statement had confirmed the death and condemned it in the highest terms the death of the Briton, Mr. Ian Squire in the hands of kidnappers in parts of Delta State.
According to him ‘This is unfortunate and highly condemnable. This incident does not reflect the character of Niger Deltans. It is a case of criminality and should be treated as such. The people of Niger Delta are peaceful and hospitable as evidence by the centuries of missionaries from foreign countries having peaceful sojourn in the region’’
‘‘We call on the security agents to bring the perpetrators to justice. The perpetrators must not be allowed to go unpunished. We again call on community and traditional leaders to support security agents to help in fishing out criminals from their communities. The IYC would set up clan and community security structures to work with security agents so as to make Ijaw communities uncomfortable place for criminal elements.’’ He said
The BBC which first broke the news of the dead of the Briton Ian Squire had quoted the foreign office (FCO) as confirming the tragic incident, saying the three others were freed.