Sierra Leone Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria Rtd. Major General Nelson Williams has been kidnapped in Nigeria. I just spoke to our Embassy sources in Nigeria. Yes, he has been kidnapped sometime yesterday. He left the Sierra Leone mission in Abuja and went to attend a military graduation ceremony in Kaduna.
At 4am this morning, the embassy accountant received a strange phone call. It was the kidnappers. They placed Nelson-Williams on the line and after he identified himself to the accountant, the Kidnappers came back on the line and informed he was in their custody and they had kidnapped him and wanted a ransom demand of around 44 million Naira (about $150,000).
The kidnappers have now called the Embassy twice this morning threatening unsavory outcome if their ransom demand is not met. According to sources, one of the calls had Nelson Williams sounding very low and frightened.
The whereabouts of his driver (and those he was supposed to be with on the said trip), is presently unknown.
The exact details of how the kidnap happened is currently unknown. The Nigerian Police, Intelligence Service and Foreign Office in Nigeria are now working with the Sierra Leone Embassy in Abuja to investigate the matter.
The Nigerian military has also been informed. Nelson Williams was a former Head of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces.