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Nigeria Arrests 7 Suspects in Kidnapping of U.A.E. Citizen

March 29, 2012

Nigeria arrested seven people in connection with the kidnapping of a United Arab Emirates national who was lured to Africa’s top oil producer for a “phantom business transaction,” a State Security Service spokeswoman said.

Mohammed Khamis was abducted on Jan. 20 and held in the town of Ikoyi in the southwestern state of Osun for 60 days, spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar told reporters today in Abuja, the capital. Khamis was released on March 19 in the city of Ibadan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Lagos, the commercial capital, and no ransom was paid, she said.

“Four other persons who have been identified as the masterminds of the kidnapping of Mohammed Khamis are currently at large,” she said.

The arrested suspects will be charged soon in court, Ogar said.

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