BBC News – Hyundai paid Nigeria kidnap ransom, police say
4 January 2013 Last updated at 12:46 ET

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Nigeria’s Deadly Delta

South Korean firm Hyundai paid a ransom of $190,000 (£118,000) to free six workers kidnapped last month, Nigerian police say.

Bayelsa state police say they learned of the ransom after capturing members of the criminal gang believed responsible.

Hyundai Heavy Industries has not commented on the reports.

The BBC’s Habiba Adamu, in Abuja, says it is rare for anyone to acknowledge ransoms paid to kidnappers in Nigeria.

The kidnapping of foreigners and wealthy Nigerians is common in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, and has become a lucrative trade for criminals.

Gunmen kidnapped the four South Korean and two Nigerian workers after storming a passenger boat on 17 December. …(more).

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