(UPDATE) Kidnapped OFW in Nigeria freed–DFA
MANILA, Philippines — Abducted Filipino worker Albert Bacani Sr. was released Wednesday by his Nigerian abductors, 13 days after he was kidnapped on September 27, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
In a text message, DFA spokesman Claro Cristobal said Bacani and his Colombian co-worker were recovered by Nigerian authorities on a bridge in Port Harcourt around 5 a.m. Wednesday, Manila time (or 10 p.m., October 9 in Nigeria).
“They are in good condition and are now in the custody of their Saipem employers and undergoing full medical evaluation,” Cristobal said.
He said DFA Secretary Alberto Romulo directed Philippine Ambassador to Nigeria Masaranga Umpa to facilitate the repatriation of Bacani.
The secretary also ordered that the good news be conveyed to Bacani’s family.
Bacani is an electrician working for a construction yard of Saipem, an Italian petrochemical firm.
During the September 27 attack, one Colombian was slain. Nigerian authorities led the negotiations with the still unidentified abductors.
Originally posted at 10:38am