ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Nigerian police on Wednesday confirmed
that seven kidnapping suspects have been arrested for
allegedly killing a local oil worker in Nigeria after he
had paid a 10 million naira (27,778 U.S. dollars) ransom
The police said the 64-year-old victim identified as
Ubani Onyema, a production manager in the local Niger
Delta Petroleum Resources Limited, was kidnapped on Oct.
16 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s oil hub and capital of
Rivers State in the south of the country.
Soon after Onyema’s abduction, a ransom call was made to
the hostage’s company and the amount that was agreed
upon was paid but the abductors still kept the victim
and later killed him, according to Abba Kyari, a police
inspector investigating the abduction and killing.
The police inspector said the suspects had confessed to
committing the crime and that the victim died as a
result of gunshot wounds during the abduction.
Nigeria’s police chief Ibrahim Idris on Monday said the
security agency was working hard to curtail the
activities of kidnappers troubling the country, saying
high-profile kidnappings have been reduced to a low
level due to effective policing.