Following confirmed reports of the kidnapping of Sierra Leones deputy high commissioner to the federal republic of Nigeria, major general (rtd) Alfred Claude Nelson-Williams on 1st July, 2016, the government wishes to inform the general public that:
Government is working with the competent authorities in the government of the federal republic of Nigeria with a view to securing the release of the deputy high commissioner;
The Nigerian government has assured the government of Sierra Leone that it is doing everything possible to ensure the deputy high commissioner’s safe return;
Government continues to maintain direct contact on the matter with our high commission in Abuja as well as the family of the deputy high commissioner in Freetown;
Government is dispatching a high-level delegation to Nigeria led by the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, for the purpose of pursuing collaborative efforts with the government of the federal republic of Nigeria in resolving the problem.
Please be assured that government will endeavour to update the general public on new developments concerning the situation as they unfold.