The Tide News
12 March 2012
Suspected kidnappers of the two European engineers- a Briton, Mr. Chris McManus and an Italian, Mr. Franco Lamolinara, last Saturday gave reasons why they killed the duo, explaining that they decided to perpetrate the act following their belief that they would be killed by security agents who invaded their hideout.
The suspects were moved to
last Friday by security agents for interrogation by skilled security personnel. Abuja
The suspects, sources said, told their interrogators that they were under instruction of their leaders to shoot the hostages whenever they came under any threat from security agents.
“We had a standing instruction to kill the hostages immediately we sighted security agents around the building. We were to kill the hostages since we were not sure of being alive after an encounter with security men”, one of the suspects was quoted as saying.
Heavily armed soldiers and men of the State Security Service (SSS), backed by British security operatives in a commando-like operation last Thursday stormed a criminal hideout at Mabera area of Sokoto to free the two expatriates, an Italian Franco Lamolinara and Briton Christopher McManus.