Governor Nasri el-Rufai has said that security agents have freed the two German archeologists who were kidnapped by gunmen on Wednesday.
The German Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Nigeria have confirmed the release.
El-Rufai in a statement “commended the security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the Germans,”
Gunmen, who demanded N69m for their release, kidnapped Professor Peter Breunig, 65, and his assistant, Johannes Behringer 24. Two villagers who tried to help the Germans were shot and killed by the kidnappers, the police said.
The German archeologists are in Nigeria to assist National the Commission for Museum and Monuments to recover relics of the Nok culture.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had summoned the Inspector General of Police on Thursday and ordered him to crack down on the kidnappers. The Police responded by creating a special unit to track down the kidnappers and secure the release of the Germans.