9th March, 2012
President Gooodluck Ebele Jonathan has condemned the killing of two kidnapped foreigners – an Italian and a British citizen – in Sokoto State Thursday, by their Boko Haram captors.
They were murdered 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, said he extends heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved and the people and government of Britain and Italy.
The President who particularly commended the cooperation and understanding of the British and Italian governments, assured that the perpetrators of the 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.